New Year’s Eve celebrations get underway across the United Kingdom

New Year’s Eve celebrations have got underway across the United Kingdom as millions up and down the country prepare to welcome in a new decade.

In London, Mayor Sadiq Khan has promised the ‘best fireworks the city has ever seen’ to ring in the new year. 

Meanwhile, Hogmanay celebrations have begun in Edinburgh, as crowds gather for the city’s annual street party, with around 100,000 visitors expected to attend the event.

Large fireworks shows will also take place in cities including Manchester, Cardiff, Newcastle, Inverness and Nottingham as excited revellers prepare to say goodbye to 2019 and celebrate the arrival of 2020.

Fireworks are let off from Edinburgh Castle as part of the Hogmanay New Year celebrations. Around 100,000 visitors expected to attend the event

Fireworks are let off from Edinburgh Castle as part of the Hogmanay New Year celebrations. Around 100,000 visitors expected to attend the event

Fireworks are let off from Edinburgh Castle as part of the Hogmanay New Year celebrations. Around 100,000 visitors expected to attend the event

Fireworks light up the night sky above Newcastle City Centre as New Year's Eve celebrations start to welcome in 2020

Fireworks light up the night sky above Newcastle City Centre as New Year's Eve celebrations start to welcome in 2020

Fireworks light up the night sky above Newcastle City Centre as New Year’s Eve celebrations start to welcome in 2020

Alexandre Levy, Johann Lemarquand, Rachel Ferrier and Benoit Jaouen, from Cherbourg, France, (left to right) on Princes Street during the Hogmanay New Year celebrations in Edinburgh

Alexandre Levy, Johann Lemarquand, Rachel Ferrier and Benoit Jaouen, from Cherbourg, France, (left to right) on Princes Street during the Hogmanay New Year celebrations in Edinburgh

Alexandre Levy, Johann Lemarquand, Rachel Ferrier and Benoit Jaouen, from Cherbourg, France, (left to right) on Princes Street during the Hogmanay New Year celebrations in Edinburgh

A couple kiss as they prepare to welcome in a new decade at the Edinburgh Hogmany New Year's celebrations

A couple kiss as they prepare to welcome in a new decade at the Edinburgh Hogmany New Year's celebrations

A couple kiss as they prepare to welcome in a new decade at the Edinburgh Hogmany New Year’s celebrations

French immersive performers Compagnie Remue Menage entertain the crowds at the street party in Edinburgh during the Hogmanay New Year celebrations

French immersive performers Compagnie Remue Menage entertain the crowds at the street party in Edinburgh during the Hogmanay New Year celebrations

French immersive performers Compagnie Remue Menage entertain the crowds at the street party in Edinburgh during the Hogmanay New Year celebrations

Security guards check revellers as they arrive to celebrate New Year in central London. The city's Mayor Sadiq Khan has promised the 'best fireworks London has ever seen' to ring in the new year

Security guards check revellers as they arrive to celebrate New Year in central London. The city's Mayor Sadiq Khan has promised the 'best fireworks London has ever seen' to ring in the new year

Security guards check revellers as they arrive to celebrate New Year in central London. The city’s Mayor Sadiq Khan has promised the ‘best fireworks London has ever seen’ to ring in the new year

An orchestra plays in front of the Custom House in Dublin's city centre during the Liffey Lights Moment - Matinee as part of the city's New Year's eve celebrations

An orchestra plays in front of the Custom House in Dublin's city centre during the Liffey Lights Moment - Matinee as part of the city's New Year's eve celebrations

An orchestra plays in front of the Custom House in Dublin’s city centre during the Liffey Lights Moment – Matinee as part of the city’s New Year’s eve celebrations

A group of women appear to be enjoying themselves as New Year's Eve celebrations get underway in Edinburgh on Tuesday evening

A group of women appear to be enjoying themselves as New Year's Eve celebrations get underway in Edinburgh on Tuesday evening

A group of women appear to be enjoying themselves as New Year’s Eve celebrations get underway in Edinburgh on Tuesday evening

A group from Chester-le-Street, County Durham, England enjoy some drinks during the  Hogmanay celebrations in Edinburgh

A group from Chester-le-Street, County Durham, England enjoy some drinks during the  Hogmanay celebrations in Edinburgh

A group from Chester-le-Street, County Durham, England enjoy some drinks during the  Hogmanay celebrations in Edinburgh

Several have donned colourful outfits for their New Year's Eve outing as they prepare to welcome in a new decade in Edinburgh

Several have donned colourful outfits for their New Year's Eve outing as they prepare to welcome in a new decade in Edinburgh

Several have donned colourful outfits for their New Year’s Eve outing as they prepare to welcome in a new decade in Edinburgh

Members of the public wait in central London ahead of the New Year celebration firework display. The theme of this year's display will look ahead to the capital hosting several key games in the Euro 2020 football tournament

Members of the public wait in central London ahead of the New Year celebration firework display. The theme of this year's display will look ahead to the capital hosting several key games in the Euro 2020 football tournament

Members of the public wait in central London ahead of the New Year celebration firework display. The theme of this year’s display will look ahead to the capital hosting several key games in the Euro 2020 football tournament

Mr Khan said the capital will ‘project confidence’ on the world stage through an impressive display at the New Year’s Eve celebrations.

Speaking in the city centre ahead of the celebrations on Tuesday night, Mr Khan said: ‘Hand on heart, these are going to be the best fireworks London has ever seen.’

He added the ‘world’ will be watching the display and he hoped it would show London was a ‘global city’.

He said: ‘Fairly or unfairly, people around the world saw the Brexit referendum vote as the UK somehow turning its back on the rest of the world, including Europe.

‘The fear was, we would become insular, inward-looking, and what I’m keen to show is the opposite.

‘Yes we may be leaving the EU, but very much as a city we are still a European global city. We will continue to be open to people’s trade and ideas.

‘What tonight’s fireworks are about is demonstrating our confidence.

‘And it’s really important that we show the world who will be watching our fireworks that we are a confident, global, outward-looking European city.’

The theme of this year’s display will look ahead to the capital hosting several key games in the Euro 2020 football tournament.

Fireworks are let off at Edinburgh Castle as the Scottish capital prepares to say goodbye to 2019 and welcome in 2020

Fireworks are let off at Edinburgh Castle as the Scottish capital prepares to say goodbye to 2019 and welcome in 2020

Fireworks are let off at Edinburgh Castle as the Scottish capital prepares to say goodbye to 2019 and welcome in 2020

Police officers congregate as they prepare for New Year celebrations in central London. Tickets for celebrations in the city sold out after more than 100,000 tickets were snapped up

Police officers congregate as they prepare for New Year celebrations in central London. Tickets for celebrations in the city sold out after more than 100,000 tickets were snapped up

Police officers congregate as they prepare for New Year celebrations in central London. Tickets for celebrations in the city sold out after more than 100,000 tickets were snapped up

Gareth Jones and partner Rebecca Haynes, from County Durham, share a kiss at the street party on Princes Street during the Hogmanay New Year celebrations in Edinburgh

Gareth Jones and partner Rebecca Haynes, from County Durham, share a kiss at the street party on Princes Street during the Hogmanay New Year celebrations in Edinburgh

Gareth Jones and partner Rebecca Haynes, from County Durham, share a kiss at the street party on Princes Street during the Hogmanay New Year celebrations in Edinburgh

Big Ben's chimes will sound the start of the display despite them being silent this year while renovation work is completed (pictured, security check revellers as they arrive to celebrate New Year in central London)

Big Ben's chimes will sound the start of the display despite them being silent this year while renovation work is completed (pictured, security check revellers as they arrive to celebrate New Year in central London)

Big Ben’s chimes will sound the start of the display despite them being silent this year while renovation work is completed (pictured, security check revellers as they arrive to celebrate New Year in central London)

John Morgan and Jess Parr, from Nottingham, at the street party on Princes Street during the Hogmanay New Year celebrations in Edinburgh

John Morgan and Jess Parr, from Nottingham, at the street party on Princes Street during the Hogmanay New Year celebrations in Edinburgh

John Morgan and Jess Parr, from Nottingham, at the street party on Princes Street during the Hogmanay New Year celebrations in Edinburgh

Hogmanay celebrations began in Edinburgh, as crowds gathered for the city's annual street party, with around 100,000 visitors expected to attend the event.

Hogmanay celebrations began in Edinburgh, as crowds gathered for the city's annual street party, with around 100,000 visitors expected to attend the event.

Hogmanay celebrations began in Edinburgh, as crowds gathered for the city’s annual street party, with around 100,000 visitors expected to attend the event.

Members of the public on Princes Street during the Hogmanay New Year celebrations in Edinburgh

Members of the public on Princes Street during the Hogmanay New Year celebrations in Edinburgh

Members of the public on Princes Street during the Hogmanay New Year celebrations in Edinburgh

The pyrotechnics show will feature more than 12,000 fireworks, with the display being set to a soundtrack ‘inspired by London and Europe’, according to a spokeswoman for the mayor.

Big Ben’s chimes will sound the start of the display despite them being silent this year while renovation work is completed.

The event has sold out after more than 100,000 tickets were snapped up, and travel on Transport for London (TfL) services will be free between 11.45pm on New Year’s Eve and 4.30am on New Year’s Day.

‘We’ll be celebrating the fact that next year we will be having the Euros 2020 finals in London, and the semi-finals, and actually, seven games in total,’ Mr Khan added.

‘There will be a football theme, with the music, you will recognise a couple of tracks, but also a London theme with the music, from Stormzy to Wiley to Bastille.’ 

The pyrotechnics show in London will feature more than 12,000 fireworks, with the display being set to a soundtrack 'inspired by London and Europe', according to a spokeswoman for the mayor

The pyrotechnics show in London will feature more than 12,000 fireworks, with the display being set to a soundtrack 'inspired by London and Europe', according to a spokeswoman for the mayor

The pyrotechnics show in London will feature more than 12,000 fireworks, with the display being set to a soundtrack ‘inspired by London and Europe’, according to a spokeswoman for the mayor

The Custom House in Dublin's city centre is lit up during the Liffey Lights Moment - Matinee as part of the city's New Year's eve celebrations

The Custom House in Dublin's city centre is lit up during the Liffey Lights Moment - Matinee as part of the city's New Year's eve celebrations

The Custom House in Dublin’s city centre is lit up during the Liffey Lights Moment – Matinee as part of the city’s New Year’s eve celebrations

London's pyrotechnics show will feature more than 12,000 fireworks, with the display being set to a soundtrack 'inspired by London and Europe', according to a spokeswoman for the mayor (pictured, security check revellers as they arrive)

London's pyrotechnics show will feature more than 12,000 fireworks, with the display being set to a soundtrack 'inspired by London and Europe', according to a spokeswoman for the mayor (pictured, security check revellers as they arrive)

London’s pyrotechnics show will feature more than 12,000 fireworks, with the display being set to a soundtrack ‘inspired by London and Europe’, according to a spokeswoman for the mayor (pictured, security check revellers as they arrive)

Armed police stand guard as they prepare for New Year celebrations in central London

Armed police stand guard as they prepare for New Year celebrations in central London

Armed police stand guard as they prepare for New Year celebrations in central London

French immersive performers Compagnie Remue Menage entertain the crowds at the street party on Princes Street during the Hogmanay New Year celebrations in Edinburgh

French immersive performers Compagnie Remue Menage entertain the crowds at the street party on Princes Street during the Hogmanay New Year celebrations in Edinburgh

French immersive performers Compagnie Remue Menage entertain the crowds at the street party on Princes Street during the Hogmanay New Year celebrations in Edinburgh

Members of the public in central London ahead of the New Year celebration firework display. Roads were closed around the city in preparation for the event

Members of the public in central London ahead of the New Year celebration firework display. Roads were closed around the city in preparation for the event

Members of the public in central London ahead of the New Year celebration firework display. Roads were closed around the city in preparation for the event

The year 2020 is projected onto Liberty Hall in Dublin's city centre during the Liffey Lights Moment

The year 2020 is projected onto Liberty Hall in Dublin's city centre during the Liffey Lights Moment

The year 2020 is projected onto Liberty Hall in Dublin’s city centre during the Liffey Lights Moment

Britain faces a cold and cloudy end to 2019 tonight as fog descends across the country with temperatures dipping to near freezing as the New Year approaches.

Southern parts of England and Wales woke up to dense mist today, which has slowly lifted throughout the day, but it could cloud over again as night falls and revellers prepare for New Year’s Eve celebrations.

People seeing in the New Year in Scotland, Northern Ireland and northern England will enjoy the clearest skies, with sunshine and dry conditions during the day, although temperatures could fall close to freezing by midnight.

Those heading to watch the Mayor of London’s fireworks display in the capital will face temperatures of 6C (43F), while revellers on the streets of Edinburgh for Hogmanay parties can expect the mercury to dip to about 0C (32F).

Bookmakers have cut odds on New Year’s Day being the hottest ever, but the highs of 11C (52F) forecast for the South West tomorrow are unlikely to beat the UK record of 15.6C (60.1F) set in 1910 in Norfolk. 

Separately, forecasters revealed today that Britain could have had its hottest December day on record this month, with a provisional maximum temperature of 18.7C (65.7F) recorded at Achfary in the Highlands last Saturday.

A spokesman for Ladbrokes, which cut its odds from 5/1 to 2/1, said: ‘It looks as though Brits will be treated to a record-breaking New Year’s Day on the weather front if the latest odds are anything to go by.’ 

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