Warmest New Year’s Eve on record as 2021 ends with balmy 14.9C temperatures

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The UK has recorded its warmest New Year's Eve on record with temperatures already reaching 14.9C (58.82F), the Met Office has confirmed.

Colwyn Bay in Wales held the previous record of 14.8C (58.64F) in 2011 but this record was toppedat 11am on Friday in Ryehill, East Yorkshire.

The Met Office claim temperatures will continue to rise across the country as the day goes on before falling slightly at night as Britain rings in 2022.

Parts of southern and eastern England including London, Lincolnshire and the West Country are set to experience the mildest weather.

"Our station at Ryehill, a small village in East Yorkshire has recorded 14.9 degrees today, which tops the previous record of 14.8. It has provisionally broken the New Year's Eve record," Met Office spokesperson Stephen Dixon said.

"We would expect that to climb further and reach temperatures we saw yesterday of around 15.5 degrees."

The Met Office says Friday will see a heavy downpour of rain moving northwards towards central Scotland, before gradually easing.

Rain is also expected to clear quickly eastwards across England and Wales which will leave a blustery but very mild day with sunny spells.

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