Worst of winter over in Britain

After nearly a month of sub-zero temperatures and repeated snowfalls, the southern part of the country on Tuesday reached a thawing 11 degrees Celsius. Over the next few days maximum daytime temperatures will hover between 5 degrees and 8 degrees Celsius, the Daily Express reported on Wednesday.

And though temperatures may dip at the weekend, they will not plunge to the depths of recent weeks when -18.2 degrees Celsius was recorded on Christmas Day.

On New Year’s Eve, when ­thousands will attend open-air celebrations, temperatures should be about 0-3 degrees Celsius, with the coldest spots in the North.

Met office forecaster Michael Lawrence said: “From now on this winter, the weather will generally be fairly benign and we are looking to get back to near ­normal temperatures.”

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