BBC Weather: Carol Kirkwood warns of plummeting temperatures with -6C

UK Weather: Warning as temperatures set to plummet to -6C

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Meteorologist Carol Kirkwood forecast mild temperature this week following a brisk start for Brits in the north. The UK is expected to return to freezing cold temperatures after what could be the warmest New Year’s Eve on record. Ms Kirkwood said: “It’s a cold start to the day for some of us with temperatures at -6C; contrast that with what’s happening in Newquay, it’s 13C.

“There’s a 19C difference in temperatures north to south.

“As your can see we are going to have some rain but it will be very mild.

“Clear skies in the north eradicated by all this rain pushing northwards and eastwards, some of it will be heavy.

“Behind that we have a fair bit of cloud, some brightness with a few showers but the wind is picking up.

“Temperatures across the board today are above average for this stage in December. We’re looking at 7C to 17C.

“They will remain very mild for the next few days.”

Met Office meteorologist Craig Snell told the PA news agency that temperatures are set to return to average in January following a mild late December.

Normally the UK sees average daytime temperatures of 7-8C in the South and 3-4C in the North in January, he said, with night-time temperatures of 2-3C in the South and 0C in the North.

UK weather: Cold in north but milder and rainy in rest of UK

“(After New Year’s Eve) there is a trend for temperatures to return nearer to normal”, he said.

“That’s not surprising as temperatures are way above average.”

He added that northern England and Scotland could even see frost in the new year.

It comes after parts of Yorkshire and Scotland had a white Christmas after unexpected snowfall.

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Mr Snell added: “For this time of year, if we see any clearer slots at night then that does give some risk for frost, particularly across the northern half of the UK.”

The UK is experiencing an unusually warm end to December, and forecasters believe New Year’s Eve could be the warmest on record, with temperatures set to reach 15C in some parts of the country.

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 14-15C (57.2-59F) so it is possible that temperatures could be that value.”

Mr Dewhurst said the weather throughout the week will be “on the mild side”, adding: “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.”

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