Page last updated at 20:32 GMT, Sunday, 28 December 2008

Chilly New Year period forecast

People wrapped up warmly
Party-goers are urged to wear warm clothes during New Year's Eve

New Year revellers should wrap up warm and prepare for sub-zero temperatures as they welcome in 2009, weather forecasters warn.

Darren Bett from the BBC's Weather Centre said the cold weather front and widespread frost will stay for a while.

Temperatures in the UK could even plunge to -8C overnight over the next fortnight.

He blamed the cold weather on different changing wind directions but said there will be some sunny spells.

The daytime temperatures over the next week are expected to be 2-4C below the seasonal average for most areas

However, Mr Bett said sun was expected to shine in most areas on Monday, although it could take all day for the cloud to break in eastern Scotland and northeast England.

He said: "On Tuesday there will be fog patches in the morning but they will lift slowly, leaving most places dry with sunny periods.

"It will still be cold with temperatures reaching highs of 2-3C."

New Year's Eve would remain cold, he said, with cloud expected to come in from the North Sea and spread over England, east Wales and eastern Scotland.

"There should be some sunshine further west after a frosty start", he added.

The temperature for London on 31 December is predicted at 0C, while in Edinburgh it will be about -1C.

Print Sponsor


SEE ALSO
This year is coolest since 2000
16 Dec 08 |  Science & Environment
New Year's Eve gig for Sir Elton
14 Nov 08 |  Entertainment

RELATED BBC LINKS


FEATURES, VIEWS, ANALYSIS
Has China's housing bubble burst?
How the world's oldest clove tree defied an empire
Why Royal Ballet principal Sergei Polunin quit

BBC navigation

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.

Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific