New Years Eve weather

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  • Fireworks over Big Ben at New Year 2013. Photo: Lewis Whyld/PA Archive/Press Association Images.

    Rainfall expected between 11pm and midnight tonight.

    Air temperatures expected at midnight tonight.

  • New Years Eve weather
    31.12.2015 16:15

    As another year comes to a close, many eyes will turn skywards this evening as the midnight hour approaches in anticipation for some spectacular fireworks displays to welcome 2016. So what does the weather hold in store for those venturing out to watch the celebrations and party the night away on the streets of our towns and cities?

    London

    As usual Big Ben will strike 12 times to mark the start of the New Year in our capital city. Those heading to central London this evening to watch the fireworks being set off along the Thames and from the London Eye will have to set off prepared for a wet walk to the riverside viewing areas, but rain is expected to clear by around 8/9pm to leave it dry and clear. It will become chilly though, with air temperatures at midnight around 5 or 6C. For the slow walk home or queuing for the tube, it will remain dry, clear and cold.

     

    Edinburgh

    The Hogmanay celebrations in the Scottish capital include a massive street party as well as the midnight fireworks from Edinburgh Castle and Calton Hill in the city centre. Showers are expected to affect the city through until around 9/10pm, so the early revellers should be prepared for them, but the all important midnight hour is expected to be dry with clear skies. It will be chilly here too, with the midnight air temperatures around 3 or 4C. The hardy revellers continuing through the night will have to watch out for occasional showers through the early hours, but on the whole it should be dry, clear and cold.

     

    Cardiff

    Live music and, yes you guessed it, fireworks are set to welcome 2016 in Cardiff tonight. The Welsh capital will enjoy a predominantly dry evening, although occasional showers cannot be ruled out until around 9/10pm, but by the time the fireworks start, it is expected to be dry with clear spells. The air temperature is set to drop to a chilly 4 or 5C by midnight. The journey home will see the fine but chilly weather continue.

     

    Belfast

    Whilst there are no civic fireworks displays in Belfast this New Year, doubtless there will be many people out partying the night away to welcome 2016 in the Northern Ireland capitol tonight. Like the other capital cities, there is the risk of showers this evening, but they are expected to die out before midnight, with the skies clearing. It will be a cold one here too, with the air temperature dropping to around 2C by midnight.

     

    Elsewhere, in the UK, most places will have any rain or showers clearing this evening to leave a dry, clear and cold night, but there will be wintry showers bringing snow to the north-west of Scotland. As we move into 2016, after the brief respite for most tonight, the windy and unsettled weather will return. Locally heavy rain will spread north-eastwards across the UK, with the risk of some snow over the Scottish hills. Further wet and windy weather is expected through the rest of next week, with the threat of further flooding unfortunately never far away.

     

    Best wishes for 2016 from all at MeteoGroup.

    By: Rachel Vince