BOOKIES say there is a better than evens chance of a white Christmas.
Snow is forecast to fall in the UK on the big day for the first time in five years.
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Met Office chief meteorologist Dan Suri said snow could begin to fall on Christmas Eve in Yorkshire and the North East[/caption]
Temperatures have already begun to plunge below zero and will continue to drop[/caption]
The bookies think it could be a holiday miracle – and the Met Office isn’t ruling it out either.
Families are already preparing for a different festive period with Covid restrictions and temperatures have already begun to plunge below zero.
The freezing forecast over the Christmas holidays will make meeting outside for the festivities difficult for most Brits following tough restrictions.
Temperatures will continue to drop ahead of Friday and bookmaker Coral has a white Christmas odds-on at 1-2.
There may just be one more surprise left in 2020.”
Newcastle and Edinburgh are seen as the most likely cities to see flakes, at 2-1. Cardiff and Manchester are at 5-1, while London stands an outside chance at 8-1.
Coral’s John Hill said: “As we get closer to the day, there’s a strong prospect of a white Christmas.
“Our betting suggests it is Edinburgh and Newcastle which are the most likely major UK cities to see snow on the big day.
“London is unlikely to have a white Christmas but it has been an unpredictable year — and there may just be one more surprise left in 2020.”
Met Office chief meteorologist Dan Suri said snow could begin to fall on Christmas Eve in Yorkshire and the North East.
SNOW FOR SOME
More is likely to follow on Christmas Day.
He added: “Cloud on Christmas Day will increase from the North West and could be thick enough for a short-lived snow flurry in parts of the North.”
Parts of Scotland could see up to eight inches of snow on the big day while temperatures are due to plunge as low as -5C.
Speaking on Radio5 Live last week, weather forecaster Simon King said: “Just in time for Christmas temperatures are going to drop down, so it will turn colder over the Christmas period.
“Temperatures will come below the average…there may be snow for some.”
It would be the first December 25 snow since a smattering in 2015.
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The last big Christmas blitz was in 2010 during the coldest December for 100 years. However, we had an unlikely spring deluge in March 2018.
The snow depth models suggest the white stuff could stick around until the end of December, with a staggering eight inches forecast for Central Scotland on New Year’s Eve.
The South is expected to remain dry and settled for Christmas.
The last big Christmas blitz was in 2010 during the coldest December for 100 years[/caption]