BRITAIN is bracing itself for a three-month deep freeze in the New Year as forecasters warn that the Beast from the East is on its way.
But what’s the outlook for New Year’s Eve? Will rain dampen your celebrations? Here’s the latest weather report:
AP:Associated Press Thousands will watch the fireworks in London tomorrow night – but will they need to wrap-up warm?[/caption]
What’s the weather forecast for New Year’s Eve?
Revellers celebrating the turn of the New Year will want to wrap-up warm tomorrow night as parts of Britain could be hit by high winds.
Gusts of of up to 65mph are due in the west Highlands of Scotland, while rain is expected to lash northern England and freezing fog is forecast for the south as we move into the New Year.
However, overall, forecasters say most of the country will continue to enjoy balmy temperatures in double figures for the celebrations.
Those ringing in the New Year in London can expect to bask in 12 C tomorrow.
Met Office Tomorrow will be cloudy but mostly settled[/caption]
According to the Met Office, New Year’s Eve in the capital will be cloudy with patches of rain but brighter spells in the afternoon.
For those heading to the London Eye fireworks, AccuWeather meteorologists Kristina Pydynowski and Eric Leister wrote: “Those lucky enough to obtain a ticket or anyone viewing the display from a distance will not worry about needing an umbrella or heavy jacket.
“High pressure is expected to promote calm, dry weather throughout England on Monday evening. Low-hanging clouds may blanket London, and patchy fog can form if there are any breaks in the clouds earlier in the day or early evening.
“Between any fog and lack of wind to clear smoke, the fireworks display may not be as vibrant as many may hope.”
“Temperatures can be around 7 C (45 F) for the New Year’s Eve celebrations.”
In Newcastle, where hundreds of revellers are set to line the streets for the winter carnival and fireworks, temperatures are also set to be mild tomorrow – despite an increasing breeze. The Met Office said thermometers will reach 11C before freezing fog creeps in on New Year’s Day.
Rex Features People make an early start and enjoy the scenery at Arne in Dorset as much of the country has been experiencing mild weather[/caption]
In Scotland, revellers can expect “settled” weather this Hogmanay as thousands get set to descend on the streets of Edinburgh.
Met Office officials told how revellers may experience slight drizzles of rain but shouldn’t expect much more than breeze and mild temperatures.
Gregory Wolverson, of the Met Office, said: “The weather for this year’s Hogmanay celebrations is expected to be fairly settled; with it remaining mild for the time of year and mostly dry, although breezy at times.
“Tonight looks to be a nice evening for the Torchlight Procession with conditions staying mild, fairly breezy and perhaps just a few spots of drizzle.
“Hogmanay itself is also likely to be mostly dry, with a short period of light rain clearing up later in the evening, and mild for the time of year, but remember to bring some warm layers if you are outside all evening.
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“It will also be quite breezy during the afternoon and evening but the winds are expected to ease towards midnight.”
With fears another “Beast from the East” is on its way next year, Coral make it odds on at 4-5 that winter 2019 goes on to be the coldest on record.
Coral spokesman Harry Aitkenhead said: “We didn’t get the White Christmas that many people were dreaming off but snow is on its way and we’ve slashed the odds on a White New Year.
“Edinburgh and Glasgow look the most likely to be bringing in the New Year with the white stuff but it’s a distinct possibility across England too.”
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