UK could see mildest New Year’s Eve on record

The UK could see the mildest New Year’s Eve ever, with sunshine in some areas, after what is likely to be the gloomy December ever.

But despite the sun, night owls in some parts of Britain have to be prepared for heavy showers in the evening.

Met Office meteorologist Rachel Ayers said there was a “good chance” that New Years Eve will be the mildest ever.

She said: “In the south of the UK, the weather should be dry for tomorrow so people can enjoy dry weather with some light periods. Another band of rain comes in from the west on New Year’s Day. So the further east you are, the drier your day will be with some bright phases. “

On New Years Eve, the UK can expect early rains in central, east and south of England, which dissipate eastward to leave a brighter and drier day.

It is expected to be “exceptionally mild” with temperatures as high as 14-15 ° C (57-59 ° F) and a possible high of 16 ° C (61 ° F), Ms. Ayers said.

Across Northern Ireland, Scotland, and Northern England, clouds and rainfall will last for a long if not all day, although it will be spotty.

It will be a windy day for many, especially in North Wales and Northern England.

Recent very mild temperatures on New Years Eve include 2018 when Dunrobin Castle Gardens, Sutherland hit 14.5 ° C (51 ° F) and 2011 when Colwyn Bay hit 14.8 ° C (51.28 ° F).

Colwyn Bay’s maximum is the highest in the Met Office’s digitized database, which contains data dating back to the 1850s.

On New Year’s Eve, rain streaks will continue to spread to the northeast, mainly affecting Northern Ireland, Scotland and Northern England.

The UK has seen less than 27 hours of sunshine in the past 30 days – 38% less than the national average for that time of year, according to the Met Office.

The Met Office forecaster Craig Snell said the number is in the running this month to become one of the 10 bleakest December ever.

The driest December in the UK was 1956 when 19.5 hours of sunlight was the national average, while the sunniest was recorded in 2001 with an average of 64 hours in the UK.

The cause of this “exceptionally” mild and cloudy December were Atlantic winds, announced the Met Office.

Colwyn Bay in North Wales, pictured in December 2016, was the setting for Britain's warmest New Year's Eve on record in 2011, when temperatures hit 14.8 ° C

Ms. Ayers said, “It was quite mild and cloudy in December, and one reason is because we attract south-westerly winds from the Atlantic, which bring in a lot of moisture, which creates a lot of clouds, so it is cloudy and mild.” Weather. “

But climate change could also play a role.

Mr Snell told PA News Agency, “The globe is warming, so we would expect our winters to be milder than they were.”

Temperatures are expected to drop from Holiday Monday on Jan.

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