UK weather: Will it be a warm Christmas?

Roshina Jowaheer
Christmas tree in Trafalgar Square
Christmas tree in Trafalgar Square

The recent mild weather has dashed hopes of a white Christmas, with the chances of festive snowfall in many parts of the UK at their longest in several years. Weather forecasters are now predicting that Christmas Day could be one of the warmest on record.

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A rise in temperatures this week brought 17C to North Wales, 15.4C to Cornwall and 16.3C to Moray.

According to the Daily Mail, bookmaker Coral has now slashed the odds from 20-1 to 12-1 that we will have the hottest Christmas on record.

Christmas Day 2016 has also seen its odds slashed of entering the record books with Ladbrokes.

As the unseasonal temperatures leave Britain still feeling like it's autumn, the bookies have been left with little option but to cut the odds into 8/1 that December 25th is the warmest ever.

In the last week, less than ten bets have been placed on any city in the UK waking up to a blanket of snow on Christmas morning.

Jessica Bridge of Ladbrokes said: "The odds of a warm Christmas are falling as quick as the balmy temperatures are rising. If the mercury continues to soar punters could well be barbecuing their turkey and sprouts this year."

Meanwhile, the Met Office says the UK can expect dry conditions with light winds over Christmas.

Speaking to the Daily Mail, a spokesperson added that temperatures are likely to be "below average with an increased risk of frost and fog".

In general for most parts of Britain, Christmas is only at the beginning of the period when it's most likely to snow.

The Met Office says we are more likely to see snow between January and March than in December.

Snow or sleet falls on an average of 3.9 days in December, compared with 5.3 days in January, 5.6 days in February and 4.2 days in March.

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