A WORCESTERSHIRE weatherman says is it "very possible" we could see record breaking temperatures on New Year's Eve.

Malvern meteorologist Frank Hill said we could potentially see record breaking temperatures next month as well as the chance of snow.

The forecaster was speaking after national reports Friday could be the hottest New Year's Eve on record, with temperatures set to reach 15C in some parts of the country.

This is due to the unusually warm end to December, due to exceptionally warm temperatures being brought to the country on jet streams from the equator.

Mr Hill said: "Mild air is being brought from the equator, this is likely to persist for the next few days.

"There is every chance records could be broken.

"The record for Malvern is 16C in December 1974, and 16C in January 2003.

"We have been at 15C, it only takes the sun to come out to reach a higher temperature."

In Worcestershire, the current Met Office forecast is for highs of 14C through to New Year's Day, despite periods of light rain interfering with the uncharacteristically mild conditions.

The average temperature around this time of year should be around 7 to 8C.

Nationally there has also been the forecast for freezing cold temperatures arriving in the new year, with the chance of snow.

Mr Hill said: "Nationally papers like to get excited about the chance of snow, but nothing has materialised so far.

"In Worcestershire we haven't reached the typically coldest part of winter yet - that is usually mid to late January, into February, which is when we usually see snow."

Met Office meteorologist Greg Dewhurst said: "We’re going to see across the whole of the country, through the rest of this week, temperatures that are above average for this time of year."

Met Office meteorologist Craig Snell added temperatures are set to return to average in January following the mild conditions.

He said: “After New Year’s Eve there is a trend for temperatures to return nearer to normal.

“That’s not surprising as temperatures are way above average.”