Uk Weather 2014 Was The Warmest Year Ever And New Year Will Start Mild Before Storms Arrive
New Year revellers were saying farewell to the warmest year on record tonight but have been warned to brace for a wet and wild start to 2015.
Temperatures are set to remain in double figures for parts of England tomorrow and Friday before polar air brings chilly showers, gales and even snow in parts.
The Mercury could hit 14C in the South West including Exeter and Bristol tomorrow before the UK cools down once again.
The Met Office confirmed yesterday 2014 has beaten 2006 to claim the title of warmest year since records began in 1910.
However the long shadow cast by the winter floods remains, with the year ranked as the UK’s fifth wettest.
Despite a chilly start to this week – when temperatures plunged to -9C in Scotland – most of the country can expect temperatures to stay above freezing over the next few days.
Dr Simon Keeling from Weatherweb.net said: “The weather is on the change. After such cold post-Christmas conditions, with temperatures as low as -9C, the weather is set to turn milder into the New Year.
“There will be severe gales in Scotland and Ireland on New Year’s Day, and these gales spreading into northern England and Wales as well as central and southern England in the afternoon, then the rest of the country in the evening.
“Better for Friday with sunny spells as overnight rain clears, but feeling a little cooler. Saturday may be col and damp for most, but nothing to be concerned about.
“Then it’s looking windier next week. Low pressure bringing gales at times as well as rain. Most rain to the north and west, but this means it is likely to be milder than recently too.
“Our thoughts for January are that it is likely to be staying windy and unsettled through the first part of the month, but hints of some colder weather in the final third.”
UK temperatures in 2015
Highest: Gravesend, Kent, July 18
Lowest: Cromdale, Scotland, on December 27
Average: (beating the previous record of 9.7C in 2006)
Source: Met Office
Met Office forecaster Laura Young said revellers could expect a warm but wet start to the New Year tomorrow.
“It will be a warm day for most parts but it is likely to be quite showery. By the end of the day most places will have some showers.
“By Friday morning it will have passed through leaving a good clear day for England. Scotland is likely to see some snow.
“We will be starting to get some polar maritime air, which is much colder, so where we have rain falling on high ground that is likely to be snow.
“In northern England you are likely to see one or two flakes of snow on higher ground, but it is not likely to settle. Scotland may get 1cm or 2cm of rain on high ground, but nothing will be settling on lower ground.
“For the south on Friday we are still looking at temperatures in the double figures, maybe 10C. By Saturday most places will have slipped to 6C or 8C, which is about average for this time of year.
“Staying dry on Saturday morning but then lunchtime bringing heavy rain through the west. That will break up as it moves across the UK and is more likely to be showery by the time it reaches the east.
“Sunday is looking to be dry but a bit more overcast.
“The signals for the next month show it is likely to be unsettled, wet and windy weather due to a series of fronts coming through, but with dry intervals in between.”
December’s warm weather seems to have sparked an early Spring. A single daffodil was spotted growing at the Well Hall Pleasaunce, an ornamental garden in Eltham, South East London.
Mother-of-four Samantha Sees, 44, from Eltham, said: “I couldn’t believe it when I saw it.
“The park had a deep frost but there was this little daffodil. It just shows you how the weather has gone crazy.”
Met Office records show Gravesend in Kent enjoyed the highest temperature of the year, with 32.3C recorded on July 18.
The lowest temperature was -9C at Cromdale, Moray, Scotland, on December 27.
The Met Office said the mean temperature for the UK was 9.9C, beating the previous record of 9.7C set in 2006.
It means all the UK’s top eight warmest years have happened since 2002.
A spokesman said: “Although individual months were unremarkable, it was the persistence of the warmth that was unusual and together they add up to something record-breaking.
“Human influence on the climate is likely to have substantially increased the chance of breaking the UK and CET temperature records.
“Estimates from the Met Office suggest that it has become about 10 times more likely for the UK record to be broken as a result of human influence on the climate.”