(CTN News) – The UK had its warmest Christmas Eve since 1997 on Sunday.
According to the Met Office, Heathrow Airport in west London and Cippenham near Slough recorded temperatures of 15.3C.
There was talk that December 24th could be the warmest ever, but that record has been relegated to 1931 when the Scottish towns of Banff and Aberdeen recorded temperatures of 15.5 degrees Celsius.
On the other hand, Christmas Day could be the warmest since 2016, thanks to the unusually mild weather.
Telling the PA news agency, “The temperatures will peak today,” Met Office forecaster Dan Stroud said this. “There is a slight downward trend in temperatures for Christmas Day, but we’re still expecting them to be comfortably above average.”
He further stated: “We’re looking at 13 and 14C tomorrow, we’re probably looking at the warmest Christmas Day since 2016, when we hit 15.1C.”
In 1920, a temperature of 15.6C was reported in Devon as the warmest 25 December on record. On Christmas Day 2011, Dyce and Urquhart, Ross and Cromarty recorded temperatures of 15.1 degrees Celsius, the highest recorded temperature in Scotland.
While most people enjoyed relatively mild weather on Christmas Eve, meteorologists warned that the Isle of Wight and Northern Ireland may have experienced wind gusts of 56 mph or more.
Up to 22:00 GMT, a yellow weather warning was in effect for winds that extended across eastern England, from the Scottish border to the Midlands.
There will be power outages, building damage, and transport delays in some places, according to the Met Office.
Much of the United Kingdom should expect rain on Christmas Day, with Wales perhaps seeing severe rain.
Highs of 8 or 9 degrees Celsius and scattered showers are forecast for most of Scotland.
Nevertheless, according to meteorologists, portions of northern Scotland are still set to experience a white Christmas.
According to reports, Caithness and Sutherland, which are at higher elevations, could have snowfall.
One snowflake falling within twenty-four hours qualifies as a “official” white Christmas.
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