THE UK has welcomed in 2020 with a BANG as Londoners enjoy the country’s biggest ever fireworks display.
Stunning pictures show the London Eye exploding with lights as onlookers watch from across the Thames.
Londoners watched the country’s biggest ever fireworks display as the clock struck midnight[/caption]
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The incredible pyro-show lit up the skies above the UK capital[/caption]
The fireworks have already started in Edinburgh as the UK counts down to 2020[/caption]
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In Newcastle, revellers are bringing in the New Year with a bang[/caption]
Big Ben’s chimes rang in the New Year despite being silent for most of 2019 because of extensive restoration work.
In Edinburgh, around 100,000 people joined Britain’s biggest street party to celebrate Hogmanay.
More than 3,600 fireworks were let off from Edinburgh Castle at midnight, with street parties, music and ceilidhs happening in more than a dozen city centre streets.
The festivities began in the city on Monday as around 40,000 people joined a torchlit procession which culminated in them forming the shape of two humans reaching out a “hand of friendship”.
In Newcastle, the fireworks started early lighting up the sky above the city centre before 7pm.
This comes as forecasters warn “severe” fog could jeopardise New Year celebrations around the UK.
As the clock strikes midnight, forecasters expect misty air to thicken as light rain begins to fall.
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A reveller gives a girl a peck on the cheek amid jubilant scenes in Edinburgh[/caption]
A loved-up couple share a kiss in the Scottish capital[/caption]
A youngster in Edinburgh enjoys the incredible light show[/caption]
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Edinburgh hosts Britain’s biggest street party every New Year’s eve[/caption]
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Police officers prepare for New Year celebrations in central London[/caption]
People heading to watch the Mayor of London’s annual fireworks display in the capital will face temperatures of about 6C, while revellers in Edinburgh and Glasgow can expect the mercury to dip to about 2C.
Earlier today the Met Office had a yellow weather warning of fog which covered much of northern England.
But it has now been reduced to parts of Eastern England, including Hull and Newcastle upon Tyne.
Met Office meteorologist Alex Burkill warned it would be a chilly end to 2019, despite the recent mild temperatures.
“There will be a bit of a north-south split to the weather,” he said.
“It will stay largely clear in the north, and the cloud and rain in the south should clear up. You will need a coat and take precautions because of possible fog in the early hours.”
Away from the UK, the Custom House in Dublin is lit up during the city’s NYE party[/caption]
An orchestra plays music while fireworks explod in the Irish capital[/caption]
Tens of thousands will brave the cold in Edinburgh to join the New Year party[/caption]