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Records could be broken as mild spell ushers in New Year

AN extremely mild spell will continue to affect the UK into the first few days of 2022 according to the Met Office.

And there is a chance that temperature records will be broken both today and tomorrow.

The mild spell is driven by a flow of warm, moist air from the Canary Islands which is also bringing some cloud and outbreaks of rain.

Steve Ramsdale, a Met Office chief forecaster, said: “The current weather pattern is bringing extremely mild conditions to the UK – perhaps reaching around 16.0 °C in some parts.

Mild overnight

“We also expect some very mild overnight temperatures as well with minimum temperature records being broken in places.

“The mild conditions are expected to remain into the weekend, but is forecast to break down allowing an ingress of colder air from Tuesday, potentially bringing wintry showers and frosts.

“This is a temporary cold spell before we see a return to weather conditions coming from the Atlantic, bringing further bouts of strong winds and rain to the UK.”

The highest UK daytime temperature recorded on New Year’s Day is 15.6 °C in Bude, Cornwall, in 1916.

The previous highest UK daytime temperature recorded on New Year’s Eve is 14.8 °C, in Colwyn Bay, in North Wales, in 2011.

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