Hogmanay weather 2019: Edinburgh to be near freezing for the bells as Met Office predicts fog and mist for Capital

The Met Office forecast suggests it will feel like -1C in Edinburgh by midnight.

Tuesday, 31st December 2019, 4:00 pm
Updated Tuesday, 31st December 2019, 4:18 pm
Edinburgh is gearing up for its world famous Hogmanay celebrations and the weather conditions are looking favourable.Pic: Shutterstock

Temperatures will drop to just above freezing in Edinburgh for the bells tonight as the Met Office predicts fog and mist could hit the Capital by midnight.

Met Office meteorologist Greg Dewhurst said the mercury will likely dip to -4C in some rural parts of Scotland overnight while it will likely fluctuate between -1C and 1C in most towns and cities.

The Met Office website suggests it will drop to 1C in Edinburgh but will feel like -1C.

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Mr Dewhurst said: "There could be a little bit of mist and fog in eastern parts of Scotland but it should be dry.

"We could start to see it as soon as the sun goes down. Clear skies and a temperature drop and some moisture in the area could lead to condensation and some mist and fog.

"Edinburgh could see some of it but it shouldn't cause any issues."

Edinburgh is gearing up for its world famous Hogmanay celebrations – and the weather conditions are looking favourable.

Thousands of revellers will stay dry at this year’s street party, but should wrap up warm nonetheless given the latest forecast.

New Year's Day is expected to be cloudier and warmer in the Capital, with highs of 6C expected through the afternoon. However, it will feel a few degrees colder.

Across Scotland

Mr Dewhurst said Monday overnight temperatures in Tyndrum, Perthshire fell to -4C and that more of the same is expected tonight. Aboyne in Aberdeenshire dipped to -3C last night.

Clear skies are forecast across most of Scotland tonight, with a bit of "drizzle" possible in the Western Isles and western parts of the Borders.

He says more cloud is expected generally across Scotland on New Year's Day which will make it a "little less cold."

It is likely to become a bit more breezy with some drizzle expected in western areas. Aberdeenshire and Moray are likely to see the best of the sunshine.

Highs of 7C and 8C are expected across most of the country with temperatures possibly reaching 10C in Stornoway.