Forecasts for this Christmas are predicting a record-breaking festive period, with the UK set to experience its hottest December ever.
The prospect of a warm Christmas is now so likely that bookmakers are actually cutting odds on the possibility, from 3-1 to 6-4.
With such hot weather expected, the chances of a white Christmas this year seem to be almost non-existent now.
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The Met Office said to the Mirror : “Climate change has brought higher average temperatures over land and sea and this reduces the chance of a white Christmas.”
The Met office actually has a method for defining what makes a white Christmas, the criteria states that one snowflake needs to be observed falling in the 24 hours of December 25 somewhere in the UK.
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According to the forecasting service the last proper white Christmas we had in the UK was back in 2010.
Christmas actually falls at the very start of the coldest period of the year, making it less likely to see snowfall than January and February for example.
Bookmaker Coral’s John Hill told the Sun : “If the latest odds are anything to go by, we could be set for a sweltering Christmas this year.
“We have slashed the odds on this Christmas Day being the hottest we have ever had, so many people may be considering a BBQ for their Christmas dinner this year.”
Snow days, in general, are becoming less and less common generally in the UK, with just four Christmases in the last 50 years recording widespread snow.
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