FORECASTERS say Edinburgh is likely to be cloudy but dry for the Hogmanay celebrations, with a chance of the odd wintry shower early on in the evening.
The evening should be mild in the city, with minimum temperatures at 9C (48.2F) or 10C (50F) at midnight.
If that sounds balmy, Dublin will be milder still, at a likely 11C (51.8F).
According to the Met office the last few days have seen some of the coldest temperatures of the year so far.
Cromdale in Moray saw minus 9C (15.8F) in the early hours of December 27, the coldest the country has seen this year. This was reflected in the rest of the UK with England, Wales and Northern Ireland having their lowest temperatures of the year so far the following night.
This is despite researchers suggesting this year could be the UK’s warmest, as measured by the world’s oldest temperature record over almost 250 years.
A spokesman for MeteoGroup said: “It will be a good evening to be out as it is mostly dry over much (of the UK). The north and west might see some patchy rain, as will Scotland but it won’t be a bad night for being outside anywhere.”
The Met Office warned that the weather is set to change from the current crisp winter days, with a rise in temperatures and more unsettled, windy weather.
Through the course of New Year’s Day, it will gradually turn wet and windy across the whole of the country - but it should stay mild.