BBC Weather: UK set for 'exceptionally mild' conditions
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Weatherman Matt Taylor appeared on BBC Breakfast as the panel remarked how temperatures over the next few days would be strangely hotter than usual. Mr Taylor explained for everywhere, apart from the northern tip of Scotland, temperatures could range between 12-16 degrees in the lead up to the new year. The presenter remarked light rain and drizzle is expected across the northern parts of the UK but the weather will be generally mild over the weekend.
Speaking on BBC Breakfast, Mr Taylor discussed how the next few days would be “weirdly warm” for most of the UK in the lead up to the new year.
He explained: “End of December, we should not see the mild weather we’re seeing at the moment.
“To go with that exceptionally mild weather, it’s pretty blushing conditions at times too.
“Just take a look at the temperatures at the moment.
“We should have daytime temperatures around seven or eight degrees but we’re about nine to 15C and that is even at six o’clock in the morning.
“Stupid amounts this stage in the year, winds and rain across western Scotland and western parts of England and Wales especially.
“Some heavier bursts here and there, lighter, patchy drizzle further east.”
Mr Taylor then revealed the rain and wind will clear in Scotland as a weather front moves eastwards, leaving behind some sunshine.
New Year's Eve weather set to be 'exceptionally mild'
But it will be short-lived as further rain will come soon after.
He continued: “Outbreaks of rain later on, always a bit wet to north and west of Wales, some heavier bursts of rain.
“Patchy rain and drizzle with a bit of brightness elsewhere.
“Wind’s coming in from the southwest could be quite gusty around these western coasts but these temperatures of 16-17 degrees in the southeast corner it’s still well above average for Scotland and Northern Ireland.”
Mr Taylor said the most northern parts of Scotland will see the coldest temperatures on Thursday evening with three to four degrees.
He added northern parts of the UK could also expect to see more rain overnight but it would be a very mild night.
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For New Year’s Eve, Mr Taylor said the country can mostly expect sunshine with the odd cloudy outbreak of rain and drizzle in the morning which will be isolated in the north.
The weatherman noted temperatures going into 2022 would be around 12-13 degrees, remarking it would not be a “cold start” to the new year.
AccuWeather meteorologist Jim Andrews told Express.co.uk: “Driven by an anticyclone anchored over northwestern Africa, a feed of unusually warm, even subtropical air, will bathe most of the UK.
“Thursday until Saturday Greater London and a few other areas will see 15-16C each day.
“Nighttime lows, 12-13C for some, will be at least as unusual for the time of New Year.
“Both highs and lows will be near historical daily extremes for the respective dates.”
However, following the unusually warm weather, which is expected to see Britons into the new year, will be an icy Arctic freeze.
Next Tuesday temperatures could dip as low as -4C in the Highlands of Scotland.
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