Get set for a wet night out!

Mail photographer's Tom Yeoman's picture of the sun above Seaton Carew

Mail photographer's Tom Yeoman's picture of the sun above Seaton Carew

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NEW Year’s Eve revellers may not require as many layers of clothing as they did last year when they head out on the town at the weekend – but it may be advisable to take an umbrella.

While last Christmas and New Year saw Hartlepool and east Durham covered in a blanket of snow as temperatures struggled to rise above freezing, this year’s festive period has been positively mild in comparison.

Met Office experts described Christmas as “remarkably mild”, and they expect the weather to be unsettled going into the new year.

A Met office spokesman said: “Unsettled weather is set to persist over the New Year, and looking back at the last few days we can say Christmas Day was remarkably mild right across the UK.

“No snow fell in London, Liverpool, Aberdeen, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Manchester, Birmingham, Cardiff or Belfast, and I think we can expect rain rather than snow going into this weekend.

“Daytime temperatures will often be near or a little above average, however nights may become a little colder with an increasing risk of frost.”

Meanwhile, Mail photographer Tom Yeoman snapped this stunning picture from Seaton Carew yesterday, overlooking the industrial heartland of Teesside at sunrise.