UK weather forecast – Boxing Day to bring balmy 11C temperatures and sunshine after one of mildest Christmas Days on record

BOXING Day shoppers across the UK will enjoy balmy temperatures of around 11C after one of the mildest Christmas weather forecasts on record.

It’s set to be a fine winters day for many, with very sunny spells developing across southern England, and light winds in the north.

After a very mild Christmas Day, Brits are braced for sunny spells on Boxing Day
After a very mild Christmas Day, Brits are braced for sunny spells on Boxing Day

A Met Office forecaster said there would be a “good deal of mist and murk” as low clouds brings some hill fog.

On Christmas Day, “danger to life” fog warnings were issued as visibility in some spots was down to 50m.

But the band of thicker cloud will move across the west overnight, bringing brighter skies on Boxing Day.

Temperatures are a little bit above average, peaking at 10 and 11C in the afternoon.

Millions across the UK will enjoy balmy temperatures as they head out for the Boxing Day sales
Millions across the UK will enjoy balmy temperatures as they head out for the Boxing Day sales
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Light patches of rain in the north will disappear by the afternoon
Light patches of rain in the north will disappear by the afternoon
Heavy cloud cover will move across the west as the day progresses, leaving a band of warm weather behind
Heavy cloud cover will move across the west as the day progresses, leaving a band of warm weather behind
Forecasters issued 'danger to life' warnings of fog on Christmas Day
Forecasters issued ‘danger to life’ warnings of fog on Christmas Day
Temperatures will certainly get warmer on Boxing Day, at around 11C, which is higher than normal
Temperatures will certainly get warmer on Boxing Day, at around 11C, which is higher than normal

 

Temperatures will hover around a balmy 10C in most places, with some in south west England enjoying a terrific 11C
Temperatures will hover around a balmy 10C in most places, with some in south west England enjoying a terrific 11C

The rest of the week is expected to be wet and windy at times in the north, and largely dry and cloudy in the south with more fog at times.

Swimmers braved icy waters for a Christmas dip – as much of the country was blighted by freezing fog.

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Swimmers descend on Porthcawl beach for the annual Christmas Day swim[/caption]

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Swimmers take to the icy waters of the Serpentine in London’s Hyde Park[/caption]

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Festive fun for the crowds leaping into Sandford Park Lido in Cheltenham[/caption]

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A Christmas smurfette joined in with the fun at the Exmouth Christmas Day swim in Devon[/caption]

Despite roads being busy, the RAC said on Monday conditions on Christmas Eve had been “pretty smooth” with no major problems reported.

Main motorways did see some delays but traffic was generally good, despite an additional two-and-a-half million vehicles on the road.

A RAC spokesman said: “Some areas have been busy around town centres today due to last-minute shopping, but it’s mostly local congestion.”

Highways England lifted more than 200 miles of roadworks on the country’s motorways and major A-roads on Friday to ensure more than 97 per cent of its network is open.

As usual, there are no trains on Christmas Day and only a limited service will run on Boxing Day.

But some of Network Rail’s 330 Christmas engineering projects have already begun, forcing a number of lines to be closed.

These include no services between London Victoria – the UK’s second busiest station – and Clapham Junction until January 2 due to track renewal.

Crossrail work means there are no trains operating to or from London Paddington on December 30, with a reduced service on December 27, 28, 29 and 31 which could cause problems for airline passengers using Heathrow Airport.


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