Forecasters said the UK will welcome 2022 following the warmest New Year’s Eve on record, but large swaths of the UK are under flood warnings.

Temperatures are reportedly ‘exceptionally mild’ this week before reaching a tepid 15C (10F) on Friday – warmer than April, where the Mercury averages 14C (71F).

Nearly 50 flood alerts have been issued across England as riveredge flooding follows torrential rainfall ahead of a quiet New Year’s Eve.

Surprisingly, the weather on the south coast and south-east is expected to be as good as Athens, Madrid and Rhodes.

And, if the forecasts are right, these areas are going to be hotter than the record 14.4C recorded in Colwyn Bay, North Wales, in 2011.

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