Bing Crosby famously sang that he was dreaming of a white Christmas, and now, after a few years of warmer festive seasons, its seems Britain may be heading for one.
Last year, Britain was not hit by snow during the Christmas season, but by torrential rain, with many communities devastated by flooding on Boxing Day. However, this time round, families are been told to prepare themselves for the white stuff.
Bookies are now cutting the odds they are offering on a white Christmas as meteorologists say they are expecting a cold snap. Ladbrokes is offering odds 6/1 of snowfall at Christmas in Cardiff. But, heading further North, the odds lower even further, with a 50-50 chance of snow said to be expected for Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Glasgow in Scotland. Meanwhile the bookmakers was offering 3/1 for Newcastle and Belfast, 4/1 for London and 5/1 for Liverpool and Manchester. Odds at rival bookies William Hill are similar.
While autumn and winter in Britain has so far been relatively mild, forecasters say a cold snap is on its way, with the mercury expected to dip to as low as minus four within the next few days.
A spokesperson for Labrokes said: “Winter’s coming, and the odds are falling as quick as the temperature’s dropping, leaving punters already dreaming of a White Christmas.”
Meanwhile, television weather presenters have indicated that a white Christmas is a definite possibility. ITV’s forecaster Laura Tobin said that the “odd flake” of snow could be on the cards. However, forecasters say it is very hard to predict the weather with any degree of accuracy any more than around five days in advance.
The last time the UK had a widespread white Christmas was six years ago, with snow recorded on the ground at 83 per cent of Britain’s weather stations, which was the highest amount ever on record.