Christmas Day weather forecast: Will there be a white Christmas this year?

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Much of the UK will see some heavy rain early this week, with Met Office rain warnings issued for swathes of the southern half of the UK. The yellow rain warning is active from 6am on Wednesday until 6am on Thursday. Here are the latest weather forecasts, maps and charts.

Almost three inches (70mm) of rainfall is expected in some areas under warning this week.

Met Office Chief Meteorologist, Dan Suri, said: “The heaviest rain is likely to develop during Wednesday evening and continue overnight before clearing away eastwards by Thursday morning.

“Much of the area is likely to see 20 to 40mm through this period.

“There is still some uncertainty in exactly where the heaviest rain will fall but there is the potential for some places to see as much as 50 to 70mm of rain.

“There will also be some strong winds during Wednesday evening and overnight.”

As Christmas Eve arrives on Thursday, the Met Office is forecasting a “dry day with sunny spells” for much of the UK following some early rain.

The Met Office predicts some coastal areas will see showers and in areas on the North Sea coast, there could “fleetingly” be some sleet or snow.

The greatest chance of accumulations on Christmas Eve is forecast for the North York Moors.

Sara Thornton of Weathertrending told “In keeping with the theme of Christmas being very different this year, it looks like the weather will make a change too – but in a good way, for those who like something cold and crisp, rather than the usual dull and mild weather we often see.

“A cold front will sweep much chillier winds down across the country early on Christmas Eve.

“These winds may briefly bring the odd wintry shower but, for many, it’ll turn sunny through the day, followed by a clear and cold night.

“Christmas morning will dawn frosty across many parts of the country and, for much of England and Wales, it’ll stay fine, if chilly, through the day.

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“For Scotland and Northern Ireland, clouds will thicken through the day, with rain arriving from the northwest by Christmas night.

“It’s been at least a ten-year wait since most of us saw a blanket of snow on Christmas Day and, for the vast majority of us, the wait continues.

“However the outlook for the end of the year is a cold one, with arctic winds bringing an increasing chance of snowfall across some parts of the country in the next couple of weeks.”

According to the bookmakers, there could still be some chance of snow in the UK on Christmas Day.

Alex Apati of Ladbrokes said: “This Christmas might be a washout in more ways than one if the latest odds are anything to go by.”

He added: “It looks more likely than ever that we’ll see snow fall across the UK on Christmas Day with temperatures continuing to tumble.”

Ladbrokes Latest Betting

  • Christmas 2020 to be wettest on record – 3/1
  • Snow to fall anywhere in the UK on Christmas Day – 1/5

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