Today Is The Warmest New Year’s Day On Record

by : Charlie Cocksedge on : 01 Jan 2022 13:22
Today Is The Warmest New Year's Day On RecordMet Office/Alamy

No it’s not just your hangover making you feel a bit off, it really is unseasonably warm today, January 1.

In fact, it’s the warmest New Year’s Day on record, with a temperature of 16.2°C (61.1°F) recorded in St James’s Park, London.


The temperature beats the previous record for the UK, 15.6°C (60°F), as the country continues to experience ‘exceptionally mild’ weather for this time of year.

Yesterday, December 31, areas of Somerset and Cheshire experienced temperatures of 15.8°C, beating the previous record for New Year’s Eve of 14.8°C.

Overnight, the Met Office confirmed temperatures rose in some parts, such as Bala in Wales, to 16.5°C, making this New Year’s Eve provisionally the warmest on record, Sky News reports. The Met Office records temperatures on a 9.00am to 9.00am time frame.


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‘It is the first time since December 2016 that we have had three consecutive days reach 15°C. It has been a prolonged mild spell,’ Met Office forecaster Craig Snell said.

Average temperatures for this time of year in the UK are usually around 7-8°C. The warmer weather we’re experiencing is thanks to a south-westerly wind currently making its way across the country.

While it’s usually the colder temperatures that disrupt things, the milder weather has meant the ice rink at Somerset House in London was forced to close ‘due to the effect of the ongoing warm temperatures on the quality of the ice’.


However, the warm weather won’t last much longer, as the Met Office tweeted that things will ‘turn wintry this week with cold winds originating from the Arctic leading to overnight frosts, and snow for some by Tuesday’.

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Charlie Cocksedge

Charlie Cocksedge is a journalist and sub-editor at UNILAD. He graduated from the University of Manchester with an MA in Creative Writing, where he learnt how to write in the third person, before getting his NCTJ. His work has also appeared in such places as The Guardian, PN Review and the bin.

Topics: News, Met Office, Now, UK, weather


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    UK weather: Warmest New Year's Day on record as mercury hits 16.2C in London