Monday, December 17, 2018

Will or not it’s a white Christmas within the UK this 12 months and when did it occur final time?


ARE you dreaming of a white Christmas? Youngsters and adults alike get excited by the prospect of waking as much as a blanket of snow on December 25.

Right here’s the newest on what’s forecast for the festive climate.

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Our final white Christmas was in 2010, when snow or sleet fell at 19 per cent of stations[/caption]

When was the UK’s final white Christmas?

Not less than one snowflake has to fall someplace within the UK on December 25 for it to be classed as a white Christmas.

Snow that has fallen earlier than the large day and continues to be on the bottom might look fairly – nevertheless it gained’t rely with the bookies.

Our final white Christmas was in 2010, when snow or sleet fell at 83 per cent of stations, in keeping with the Met Workplace.

What are the chances of snow falling on this 12 months’s Christmas Day?

Not less than one snowflake has fallen on Christmas Day 38 occasions within the final 55 years.

This implies, statistically, we will anticipate to see a white Christmas not less than as soon as each two years.

However the Christmas of our imaginations, the place there are layers of snow overlaying the bottom, is way rarer.

The Met Workplace says it’s tough to precisely predict snow till 5 days beforehand.


South of England has not seen snow on Christmas Day since 2004[/caption]

Snow and ice has been predicted for a lot of locations earlier than Christmas Day.

However Brits dreaming of a white Christmas are more likely to be disillusioned as a result of predicted milder temperatures ought to sprint any hopes of snow.

Nonetheless, bookies have slashed odds on snow falling within the UK on December 25.

Aberdeen is most probably to get some snowfall – rated by Ladbrokes at 6/5, down from 5/4 – whereas the chances on a white Christmas in London have fallen from 5/1 to 9/2.


Aberdeen – 6/5 (was 5/4)
Edinburgh – 6/4 (was 2/1)
Glasgow – 6/4 (was 2/1)
Newcastle – 9/4 (was 5/2)
Belfast – 3/1 (was 4/1)
Liverpool – 7/2 (was 4/1)
Manchester – 7/2 (was 4/1)
Birmingham – 4/1 (was 5/1)
Bristol – 9/2 (was 5/1)
Cardiff – 9/2 (was 5/1)
Dublin – 9/2 (was 5/1)
Leeds – 9/2 (was 5/1)
London – 9/2 (was 5/1)

(Ladbrokes newest betting)

December has additionally prompted a flurry of bets from punters for a white Christmas this 12 months, with Coral making it odds on to occur anyplace within the UK at odds of 1/2.

Coral’s Harry Aitkenhead: “Yearly we see a rush of punters betting on there to be snow on Christmas Day.

“They’re clearly dreaming of a White Christmas and our odds present that there’s a very good likelihood of it occurring someplace within the UK this 12 months, with Aberdeen the most probably of the foremost cities.”

The bookies’ optimism is shared by Brian Gaze, director and forecaster for The Climate Outlook.

He informed The Solar On-line: “Lengthy vary forecasting within the UK is at all times a really unsure enterprise, however there are some indicators that top strain areas will proceed to chop off the delicate Atlantic stream at occasions within the coming months.

“That will improve the possibility of chilly spells and probably snow in the course of the Christmas interval.


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