Storms ahead after frosty Christmas


Published: Wednesday 24th December 2014 by The News Editor

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It will be a frosty Christmas morning across the UK tomorrow but any chance of snow is limited to the Scottish mountains, forecasters have said.

And despite a run of mild weather, Christmas Day will see a return to average winter temperatures of around seven degrees – dashing any gamblers’ hopes of the warmest December 25 on record.

Fine, dry weather will greet most across England and Wales over both Bank Holidays, with some showers in Scotland and the north of England.

But MeteoGroup forecast manager Paul Knightley warned that Britons planning to travel on Boxing Day night or Saturday should keep a close eye on forecasts with the potential for disruption as a storm sets in.

Heavy rain and wind of up to 50 mph will sweep over much of the UK as friends and families travel to visit each other over the weekend.

Mr Knightley said: “Overnight on Boxing Day the rain will sweep across all areas along with winds of 40-50mph.

“People need to watch the weather news so they don’t get caught out while travelling on Saturday.”

Bookmaker Coral has taken a flurry of bets on a record-breaking hot Christmas Day and has been forced to cut its odds into 2-1, down from 5-1, that the 1920 high of 15.6C is exceeded anywhere in the UK.

The Scottish Highlands remain the most likely place to see a white Christmas, with Coral putting Aberdeen as the favourite with odds of 5-2, Edinburgh and Glasgow both at 4-1, London at 8-1 and Cardiff at 10-1.

Spokesman John Hill said: “Bookmakers are normally inundated with White Christmas bets this time of the year and although there has been plenty of interest in snow once again, this year has been different as a lot of punters are backing tomorrow to be the warmest Christmas Day on record.

“The mild temperatures will come as a relief for Britain’s bookmakers as it will spare them a multi-million pound payout on a White Christmas if snow does stay away.”

But forecaster Mr Knightly said unless families were planning a trip up the mountains they would not be seeing snow this year.

“It’s certainly not going to be a White Christmas this year, away from Scottish Highlands and perhaps the Yorkshire Pennines,” he said.

“The snowy Christmas card theme rarely ever occurs in this country.

“It’s actually going to be about average for this time of year – dry and fine with temperatures of between four and nine degrees in England.

“It could drop to 0 degrees in the (Scottish) Highlands and go up to 10 degrees in Cornwall and Devon but this is around average.”

Published: Wednesday 24th December 2014 by The News Editor

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