Weather forecast UK latest: Met Office warns SNOW to sweep Britain in -11C Arctic blast after 'warmest NYE on record'

BRITAIN will welcome in 2022 after the warmest New Year's Eve on record, forecasters say – but snow will set in soon after as an Arctic blast sweeps the nation.

Temperatures are set to be "exceptionally mild" this week before hitting a balmy 15C on Friday – warmer than April, when the mercury hovers at an average of 14C.

Almost 50 flood warnings have been issued across Britain as river banks burst after heavy downpours ahead of a balmy New Year's Eve.

Amazingly, the weather will be as good on the south coast and in the south-east as it is in Athens, Madrid and Rhodes.

And if predictions are correct, it'll be hotter in those areas than the record-breaking 14.8C recorded in Colwyn Bay, north Wales, in 2011.

Read our weather live blog for the latest news and forecasts

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    Tonight's weather

    Outbreaks of rain will linger across the Northern Isles and parts of northern Scotland during the evening.

    It will then be mostly dry overnight with some clear spells however cloud cover will build and patches of mist will develop.

    Spells of light rain and drizzle will spread into western areas.

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    ‘New normal extremes’

    Wildlife was hit by storms, rainfall and wildfires in parts of the UK in 2021, in what is the “new normal” due to climate change, the National Trust said.

    The past year has been punctuated by extreme events and sometimes unseasonal conditions, from dry spring weather that prompted fires to Storm Arwen which brought down thousands of trees across the UK.

    Ben McCarthy, head of nature conservation and restoration ecology at the National Trust, said: “Climate change is making some forms of extreme weather events the new normal.

    “Heatwaves and heavy rainfall are becoming more frequent and more intense.

    “What we’re seeing in the UK with the impacts of wildfires and severe storms such as Arwen and Barra, is how climate change is altering our landscapes forever. “

    He warned the extreme events were putting even more pressure on the UK’s wildlife, which is already in trouble wit

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    Europe to see spring temperatures over the next few days

    The Met Office says Brits are in for a balmy New Year weekend.

    The weather agency said: "Spring-like #temperatures will affect much of western Europe during the next few days, with exceptionally #mild conditions for the time of year.

    "Temperature records are likely to be challenged in some places."

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    Manchester New Year forecast

    Drier in the south on New Year's Eve, but rain lingering in the north.

    Brighter with some showers on New Year's Day, before rain returns on Sunday.

    Staying mild.

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    New Year forecast for London

    Some rain on Friday morning, but drier weather later in the day.

    Bright and breezy throughout the weekend with heavy, blustery showers possible, particularly on Sunday.

    Feeling very mild.

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    Overnight temperatures WELL ABOVE December average says Met Office

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    Weather outlook for Thursday

    Heavy showers clearing from Scotland, then many northern areas dry with sunny intervals.

    Cloudier further south with outbreaks of rain and drizzle, mainly in western areas.

    Very mild again.

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    You could be fined £50 for not using dipped headlights

    According to the Highway Code, motorists are required to use dipped headlights whenever visibility is seriously reduced.

    Reduced visibility is generally considered when you are unable to see for more than 100 metres (328 feet) ahead of you.

    Failing to use the appropriate dipped lights when visibility is reduced could land you a £50 on-the-spot fine if stopped by police.

    Drivers should also be careful when using their front or rear fog lights as they can have a dangerous impact on other motorists.

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    'Topsy-turvy week of weather' says forecasters

    Forecasters have warned of a "topsy-turvy" week as the mercury rockets up and down.

    On December 31, the weather will be as warm on the south coast and in the south-east as it is in Athens, Madrid and Rhodes.

    And if predictions are correct, it'll be hotter in those areas than the record-breaking 14.8C recorded in Colwyn Bay, north Wales, in 2011.

    Bookies make it odds on at 4-5 that it'll be scorching for this time of year, with Coral's John Hill telling punters: "The betting suggests we are set for the hottest New Year's Eve on record in the UK."

    The freak spell comes courtesy of a 'tropical plume' from North Africa – with one meteorologist joking: "It's time for people to put on t-shirts and flip-flops".

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    Long range forecast for January 11 – January 25

    There is the potential for a short-lived settled spell to start this period, which would mean cooler and drier weather but also an increased risk of overnight fog and frost.

    Later in the month, milder but more unsettled weather is expected to return, with the associated hazards of strong winds and heavy rain.

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    Weather summary for this evening

    Cloud and rain in the south moving northwards across England and Wales, with an exceptionally mild night in store for southern parts.

    Heavy showers will affect north-western parts later.

    It will also be windy.

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    Odds slashed on coldest January

    Coral has cut odds on this January being the coldest since records began to just 2-1 (from 5-1) as forecasters warn of an end to the mild winter temperatures.

    “We have enjoyed some very mild temperatures through December but the outlook for January looks a lot colder and we have slashed the odds on next month being the coldest first month of the year we have ever had,” said Coral’s Harry Aitkenhead.

    Coral make Edinburgh the favourite for snow on Christmas Day, at odds of 3-1, with Newcastle the most likely of the English cities at 7-2 according to the odds.

    Harry also said: “We are offering odds on all major UK cities for any punters dreaming of a White Christmas, with Edinburgh the most likely according to our odds”.

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    Met Office weather outlook for New Year weekend

    Exceptionally mild at first.

    Unsettled with spells of rain and strong winds interspersed with drier and brighter interludes.

    Rain heaviest over southern Scotland. Becoming colder from Sunday.

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    Strong and gusty winds easing this evening

    The Met Office said: "Strong and gusty #winds slowly easing this evening, but staying very #mild for most.

    "Less mild in northern Scotland with the #rain becoming confined to Shetland before showers arrive in the west later.

    "Elsewhere, drier at first but rain and drizzle spreading NE later."

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    ‘New normal extremes’

    Wildlife was hit by storms, rainfall and wildfires in parts of the UK in 2021, in what is the “new normal” due to climate change, the National Trust said.

    The past year has been punctuated by extreme events and sometimes unseasonal conditions, from dry spring weather that prompted fires to Storm Arwen which brought down thousands of trees across the UK.

    Ben McCarthy, head of nature conservation and restoration ecology at the National Trust, said: “Climate change is making some forms of extreme weather events the new normal.

    “Heatwaves and heavy rainfall are becoming more frequent and more intense.

    “What we’re seeing in the UK with the impacts of wildfires and severe storms such as Arwen and Barra, is how climate change is altering our landscapes forever. “

    He warned the extreme events were putting even more pressure on the UK’s wildlife, which is already in trouble with more than half of species in decline and 15% under threat of extinction.

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    You could be fined £50 for not using dipped headlights

    According to the Highway Code, motorists are required to use dipped headlights whenever visibility is seriously reduced.

    Reduced visibility is generally considered when you are unable to see for more than 100 metres (328 feet) ahead of you.

    Failing to use the appropriate dipped lights when visibility is reduced could land you a £50 on-the-spot fine if stopped by police.

    Drivers should also be careful when using their front or rear fog lights as they can have a dangerous impact on other motorists.

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    Allow extra time if you're making a journey

    Met Office has warned of strong winds that are affecting many parts of the UK today

    It's particularly windy in the north and west where gales are likely around some coasts and over the hills, so make sure you allow extra time if you're making a journey today.

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    Odds slashed on coldest January

    Leading bookmaker Coral has cut the odds on this January being the coldest since records began to just 2-1 (from 5-1) as forecasters warn of an end to the mild winter temperatures.

    “We have enjoyed some very mild temperatures through December but the outlook for January looks a lot colder and we have slashed the odds on next month being the coldest first month of the year we have ever had,” said Coral’s Harry Aitkenhead.

    Coral make Edinburgh the favourite for snow on Christmas Day, at odds of 3-1, with Newcastle the most likely of the English cities at 7-2 according to the odds.

    Harry also said: “We are offering odds on all major UK cities for any punters dreaming of a White Christmas, with Edinburgh the most likely according to our odds”.

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    Explained: When will Winter be over?

    When people are looking for the Winter season to be officially over, they can look forward to the Spring Equinox, which will mark the start of the Spring season.

    The Summer Solstice will then signify that the Spring time has come to an end and hot and sunny Summer weather will be present until the next seasonal change.

    Remembering the seasonal equinoxes and solstices are the key to knowing which time of year you are in.

    Although a lot of territories experience differing weather conditions prior to the solstices and equinoxes, the dates are significant to know the official starts of the four seasons.

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    Weather for 11th to 25th of January

    There is the potential for a short-lived settled spell to start this period, which would mean cooler and drier weather but also an increased risk of overnight fog and frost.

    Later in the month, milder but more unsettled weather is expected to return, with the associated hazards of strong winds and heavy rain.

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    Should I leave my car running to warm it up?

    It’s not advisable and you should avoid doing this if you can.

    Leaving your car engine going before you start driving doesn’t actually help the engine, but just ramps up your fuel use and emissions.

    Cars older than 20 years do need warming up to get going in the cold weather.

    But most modern engines adjust their temperature accordingly, so car experts say you shouldn’t leave your car running for more than 30 seconds before driving.

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    ALWAYS check your battery before heading off

    With harsh weather conditions and snow in many parts of the country, this may be hard on your battery and the electrical system. 

    On a cold day, the engine in a car takes more effort to “turn over”, which puts extra strain on the battery and the starter motor. 

    What’s more, cold weather significantly affects how much electricity your battery can send out to the starter motor in the first place. 

    If you’ve noticed your car sounding reluctant to start in summer and autumn, consider buying a new battery now – before the car refuses to turn over on a frosty morning when you’re late for work. 

    You can buy a car battery and fit it at home, but most stockists will fit it for you. They might also check the “health” of your existing battery and tell you if it needs to be replaced. 

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    Weather for the afternoon

    The Met Office have foretasted that heavy rain will be confined to northern Scotland this afternoon, still staying chilly there.

    Turning much drier elsewhere with bright or sunny spells.

    There will be wind in most areas, with coastal gales in the west. However, it will be an exceptionally mild day for December for most.

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    Temperatures above average for this time of year

    Met Office meteorologist Greg Dewhurst said: “The record is 14.8C on New Year’s Eve and that was in 2011, temperatures look like they’ll be 14C to 15C (57.2F-59F) so it is possible that temperatures could be that value,” he said.

    Dewhurst said the weather throughout the week will be “on the mild side”.

    “We’re going to see across the whole of the country, through the rest of this week, temperatures that are above average for this time of year,” Dewhurst said.

    “The average temperature in the UK around this time of year should be around 7C-8C (44.6F-46.4F).

    “Going forward, we’re looking at highs of around 12C-14C (53.6-57.2F), possibly locally 15C in one or two spots, so it’s going to be well above average.”

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    Big freeze and SNOW to hit soon

    Brits will face snow during a bone-chilling -11C big freeze – days after the warmest New Year's Eve on record.

    By January 4, even those living as far south as the Isle of Wight could see temperatures as low as -7C.

    Forecasters have warned of a "topsy-turvy" week as the mercury rockets up and down, meaning there could be another 25 days of snow to come this winter.

    Leon Brown, head of meteorological operations at The Weather Company’s Weather Channel arm, said: “Northern England and Scotland are forecast 20 to 25 more days with snow and ice disruption this winter, with 10 to 15 more days with impacts in the south.

    “Later in January has potential for cold conditions, with a longer cold spell possible in February, and -12C is likely."

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