Joe Smith January 13, 2022

The UK has had the warmest New Year's Day on record, with new high temperatures set for the second day in a row, the Met Office says.

St James's Park in Central London saw temperatures of 16.3C (61.3F) on Saturday as 2022 was ushered in.

Warm air from the Azores has been reaching the UK in recent days, bringing unusually mild weather.

The previous New Year's Day record was set in 1916, when it reached 15.6C (60.1F) in Bude, Cornwall.

Saturday's high temperature was originally thought to be 16.2C before a slightly higher temperature was recorded later in the day. Friday was also the warmest New Year's Eve on record.

The mild weather currently being seen is widespread across the UK.

foto Penny Endersby,

Penny Endersby, the Met Office’s Chief Executive, say the UK's record temperatures have all been elevated by manmade climate change which has raised temperatures globally by 1.1C.

Cold records are still being broken, as in the Beast from the East storm in 2018.

But the Met Office say warm weather records are being broken nine times more frequently - a clear sign of an over-heating planet.

The Met Office said Scotland had also recorded its warmest New Year's Day temperature, which was 15.9C in Achnagart in the Highlands. The previous record was 14.5C in Inverurie in 1992.

It has been so warm that the skating rink at London's Somerset House had to close on New Year's Day because the ice was being affected.

The Met Office also said a new provisional record had been set for the UK's highest minimum - or overnight - temperature for New Year's Day and the month of January as a whole. That was in Chivenor, Devon, which had a temperature of 13.2C. The previous record was 13.1C and was set in 2016.

France has also been experiencing its warmest end of year on record, with temperatures 10 degrees warmer than average in some regions, according to forecasts by the national meteorological service Météo France.

Bordeaux residents are making the most of the good weather, as the period between Christmas and New Year's Eve should be the warmest in the country's history.

Between Wednesday and Thursday, records were even broken north of the River Seine, with temperatures reaching 15°C to 17°C.

Meanwhile, in Switzerland, the mild weather is threatening to spoil an excellent start to the ski season. One such affected resort is Grindelwald, located at an altitude of 1034 metres above sea level, where snow was replaced with rain this week.

The mild weather has also increased the risk of avalanche in the French département of Savoie, with a risk of 4 on a 5-level scale.

Météo France forecast a return of the sun for the next few days, with less rain, but more very mild temperatures.

According to environmentalists, a succession of warmer winters is probably a direct impact of climate change.






Staff January 13, 2022