Christmas Weather: Met Office Forecasters Say Chance Of Snow Is Faint

Bah humbug.

Britain woke to a mild Christmas morning on Monday – leaving those hoping for snowy scenes sorely disappointed.

Most of the UK will see temperatures reach double figures on Christmas Day, with the mercury peaking at 13C in some places.

Forecasters say the chances of snow flurries are slim, except in the Scottish hills and parts of southern Aberdeenshire later in the day.

Swimmers take the plunge at King Edward’s Bay, Newcastle, on Christmas Day
Swimmers take the plunge at King Edward’s Bay, Newcastle, on Christmas Day
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Merry Christmas! Rain, heavy at times over N Ireland, N England & S Scotland, will turn to snow over Scottish hills during the afternoon. Mild for much of England & Wales but heavy rain will push into Western parts by eve. It will be windy. Full forecast:

— Met Office (@metoffice) December 25, 2017

A yellow severe weather warning for #rain has been issued: Stay #weatheraware @metofficeuk

— Met Office (@metoffice) December 25, 2017

It is likely to be bad news for some hopeful punters after there was a surge in last-minute bets for a White Christmas.

Over the weekend, bookmaker Coral saw an increase in customers having a flutter on a flurry of flakes on Monday morning in 13 of the UK’s biggest cities.

Aberdeen had the shortest odds at 2-1 for snowfall, while Birmingham and Manchester are both on 6-1 with London trailing on 8-1.


A forecaster at the Met Office did not share their optimism, saying the chances of snowfall in London were “virtually nil”.

Rural Scotland still has the highest chance of living the white Christmas dream – although Boxing Day morning is more likely to see a sprinkling of snow.

Met Office forecaster Greg Dewhurst said: “It’s looking like a pretty grey Christmas.

“Some places in Scotland will see some snow, but it will be getting dark by then. It’s more likely they could wake up to snowy scenes tomorrow, mainly in the hills.”


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