Book­ies cut odds on us hav­ing a white Christ­mas

Sunday Sun - - News -

GET your bets in for a white Christ­mas, folks, as the book­ies have slashed the odds on snow fall­ing on De­cem­ber 25.

As the tem­per­a­ture drops next week thanks to a blast of cold air from Scan­di­navia, the odds of a white Christ­mas in the North and be­yond have been cut.

With just over two weeks until the big day, Lad­brokes have changed the odds of snow fall­ing on Christ­mas Day in New­cas­tle from 5/2 to 9/4.

For that to hap­pen, snow must be recorded at New­cas­tle In­ter­na­tional Air­port’s weather sta­tion on De­cem­ber 25.

It’s been a while since we’ve had a white Christ­mas in the North. The UK’s last of­fi­cial white Christ­mas was in 2010, when snow­fall was wide­spread.

Book­ies have slashed the odds on ev­ery city in Bri­tain see­ing snow on Christ­mas Day, with Aberdeen most likely to see a white Christ­mas at 6/5. In the cap­i­tal, Lon­don’s chances have been cut from 5/1 to 9/2.

Alex Apati, from Lad­brokes, said: “Weather-watch­ing pun­ters may be dream­ing of a White Christ­mas, but the lat­est odds are sug­gest­ing they’ll be wak­ing up to one and cash­ing in.”

Af­ter a num­ber of mild days, the weather is set to be­come colder again from to­day with a chance of light show­ers later in the week.

Look­ing ahead to the long-range fore­cast, the Met Of­fice says the weather is look­ing “fairly change­able” over the fes­tive pe­riod with some win­try show­ers pos­si­ble over higher ground.

More set­tled con­di­tions are ex­pected as we head into the New Year. Ac­cord­ing to the Met Of­fice, a snowflake has fallen some­where in the UK on Christ­mas Day 38 times in the last 54 years, so just over half of all Christ­mas Days can be con­sid­ered white.

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