BRITAIN is about to go from snowy to glowy with a freak “tropical” plume promising New Year Eve warmth.
A balmy plume from North Africa will sweep Britain from tomorrow meaning the mercury could reach 15C on the last day of 2021.
Amazingly, the weather will be as good on the south coast and in the south-east as it is in Athens, Madrid and Rhodes.
And if predictions are correct, it’ll be hotter in those areas than the record-breaking 14.8C recorded in Colwyn Bay, north Wales, in 2011.
The 15.6C record for New Year’s Eve logged in Great Yarmouth, in 1901, could also tumble.
Jim Dale, meteorologist for British Weather Services, said: “The record for both days could go.
“It’s time for people to put on t-shirts and flip-flops and get the picnic tables out.
“This will last for about five days, after which we expect to pay for it with the cold to return.
“This is by no means the end of winter.”
The Mild weather will hold out for about a week before the bitter cold roars back, forecasters warn.
Mr Dale added: “A waft of semi-tropical air will come in from Spain and North Africa where it is unusually warm for the time of year.
“Temperatures will rise on Wednesday, and we are expecting about five days of mild weather.
“It is going to be very pleasant for a few days, although there might be the chance of some rain.
“The highest temperatures will be across southern regions with Scotland, while still mild, colder in comparison.”
Bookmaker Coral has slashed the odds to 6-4 from 3-1 for New Year’s Eve to be the hottest on record.
Spokesman John Hill said: “Temperatures are expected to climb into the mid-teens over the next few days and that opens up the door for a potential record hot New Year’s Eve.
“We have slashed the odds in half on New Year’s Eve being a record breaker.
“It has also prompted support for January to be much hotter than usual in 2022.”
Britons are warned not to hang up the winter coats just yet though, with the cold set to return in early January.
Exacta Weather forecaster James Madden said: “Further snow events are likely particularly during the first half of January.”
And while the cold spell will end for millions in the days to come, there could be another 25 days of snow this winter.
Leon Brown, head of meteorological operations at The Weather Company’s Weather Channel arm, said: “Northern England and Scotland are forecast 20 to 25 more days with snow and ice disruption this winter, with 10 to 15 more days with impacts in the south.
“Later in January has potential for cold conditions, with a longer cold spell possible in February, and -12C is likely.”