Christmas 2021: What are the odds that it will be a white Christmas?

The days are getting colder and crisper, and the festive season is just around the corner. We couldn’t blame you if you were starting to dream of a white Christmas.

The UK has not seen snow on Christmas Day since 2017, when it was observed at 11 weather stations – but even then the snow didn’t actually settle on the ground.

The last widespread white Christmas was in 2010, when snow was recorded at 83 per cent of weather stations. That’s the highest amount ever recorded in the UK.

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We’re still a way off the festive season, and weather forecasts are hardly set in stone, with the Met Office believed to be able to provide accurate predictions as to whether it will snow up to five days before Christmas.

But the bookmaker William Hill has revealed the odds that we will have a white Christmas this year. Prices have been assigned to 10 major UK airports.

The odds that it will snow at London City Airport currently stand at 6-1. That means that if you bet £10 on it snowing at London City Airport on Christmas Day, you would get a return of £70 if it was in fact a white Christmas in London.

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According to William Hill, it’s more likely to snow in Edinburgh and Newcastle on Christmas Day. Odds that it will snow at those cities’ airports are 4-1.

The most likely place to see a white Christmas is currently Birmingham, with odds standing at 7-2 at the moment.

Britain’s highest airport, Leeds Bradford, has the same odds as London, where it’s 6-1 to experience snowfall on the big day.

It’s yet to be seen whether it will snow on Christmas day. For now, all we have is our dreams of a white Christmas.

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