Brits ‘likely’ to have White Christmas with icy sub-zero temperatures

Brits could brace for a white Christmas this year as odds increase for UK's festive snowfall.

According to Coral bookmakers, this year the UK is very likely to experience snowfall "somewhere."

It comes after temperatures plunged this December when snow fall across Scotland and northern England after weeks of warmer weather.

Areas likely to be covered in snow on December 25 include Aberdeen and Glasgow at the top, as well as Manchester and London following behind.

Weather specialists at the leading bet shop makes it odds-on at 4-9 for there to be snow anywhere in the UK on Christmas Day, reports The Mirror.

Temperatures on Christmas morning at 6am are expected to reach sub-zero levels of -1 in central Scotland, according to Netweather's charts.

And WXCHARTS forecast a 20 to 30 percent chance of snow for nearly all of the UK.

Brian Gaze from the Weather Outlook warned "bitterly cold air" could head over from Europe.

He told the Express : "During the Christmas and New Year period things are very uncertain right now.

"Computer models are showing the possibility of bitterly cold air moving westwards across mainland Europe.

"There is a chance of it reaching the UK but at the moment the chance looks to be between 20 and 30 percent, so it's not the most probable outcome.

"At the moment it is more likely we'll see a continuation of quite unsettled conditions and close to average temperatures is more likely.

Mr Gaze added that snow on Christmas Day could not be ruled out.

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Bets include which major city will see snowfall, with Aberdeen and Glasgow at 3-1 while Manchester can be backed at 4-1 and London at 5-1.

John Hill, of Coral's, said: "The chances of the UK having a White Christmas this year are growing all the time.

"We make it odds-on for snow to fall on the big day somewhere in the UK.

"Aberdeen and Glasgow are the most likely major UK cities to see the white stuff.

"However, Manchester and London are not far behind in the betting."

The UK has a three in five chance of seeing the coldest December on record, according to implied probability with odds at 4-6.

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While the nation's chance of a white Christmas anywhere in the UK stands at almost 70 per cent, as per the odds at 4-9.

Last week temperatures plummeted to as low as -10C in Scotland as cold weather swept across the country.

Snow fell in large swathes of northern England and Public Health England has issued a "severe cold weather" warning for the rest of the week.

Some forecasters say this December could be the coldest in 10 years because of "Arctic incursions".

The list of Coral odds for festive bets include:

4-6 – Coldest December on record in the UK

4-5 – White Christmas odds

4-9 – White Christmas anywhere in the UK

3-1 – Snow in Aberdeen on Christmas Day

3-1 – Snow in Glasgow on Christmas Day

4-1 – Snow in Manchester on Christmas Day

5-1 – Snow in London on Christmas Day

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