Brits could enjoy a white Christmas after bookies slash odds on festive snow
Bookies have slashed the odds of a white Christmas ahead of the "coldest winter in eight years".
Compared to mild winters over the past few years, plummeting temperatures will “shock” Brits and be colder than average, The Weather Company said.
Britain is set to be hit by chilling -10C “Arctic influxes” of snow and ice which will disrupt travel plans leading up to Christmas according to forecasters.
The Met Office has warned of below-average temperatures in December and a higher chance of winter cold spells than recent years.
If the UK average temperature drops to by 0.2C to 3.5C, Met Office records show it will be the coldest winter since 2012-13.
As a result of the chilly forecasts, bookmakers have cut the odds on snow falling in the UK on Christmas Day.
Ladbrokes have reduced odds of 6/4 on a white Christmas to just 5/4, with Edinburgh and Newcastle the most likely cities to see snow at 3/1.
Alex Apati of Ladbrokes said: "It's looking likely we'll be waking up to the white stuff on Christmas Day as temperatures continue to tumble to snowfall territory."
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Ladbrokes say the latest bets show the odds of snow falling on December 25 in the UK are 5/4.
Looking more specifically by area, the odds in Edinburgh seeing snow are 3/1, Newcastle 3/1, Belfast 4/1, Cardiff 4/1, Dublin 4/1, Manchester 4/1, and London 5/1.
Bookmakers Coral have also been taking bets on the odds of a White Christmas with Edinburgh and Newcastle similarly on 3-1 and London likewise at 5-1 for snow on December 25.
A Coral spokesman said: "Snow seems on the way and it's really raising hopes of a white Christmas.
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"In an unusual and difficult year, a white Christmas really would be a treat and we make it just 3-1 to happen in Edinburgh and 5-1 in London."
Sadly for some in the West Country, Exeter-based Met Office told Devon Live there is no sign of snow heading to Devon and Cornwall.
A spokesperson for the Met Office said: ''There is certainly no sign of snow in the near future.
'Even when we look out to the end of next week things are generally looking to stay at unsettled temperatures. There is no signal for snow.''
Leon Brown, head of meteorological operations at The Weather Company’s Weather Channel arm, said: “People will get a shock after recent mild winters.
"It looks like a close call for this winter to be 0.3C below average, which would make it the coldest winter since the early 2010s.
“A colder-than-average December is favoured, with Arctic influxes from the north-west due to the jet stream's position.
“-10C in Scotland and -5C in England is expected, with snow in the North including to lower levels at times, and a risk in the South, with some travel disruption."
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