London weather: Forecast predicts arctic blast improving chances of a White Christmas – My London
As December approaches Londoners will be dreaming of a White Christmas.
Like every year, people will open their curtains in the festive period and hope to see the ground covered in snow.
Sadly the odds are generally against us in London, although in the UK it has snowed on Christmas day 38 times in the last 54 years – that’s a decent 70 per cent.
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But with an arctic blast set to hit Britain next month a magical snowy Christmas could happen.
Temperatures are already beginning to plummet and the Met Office says we could be in for one of the coldest Christmases of the past decade.
While it’s too soon to tell whether snow will fall over Christmas, the incoming cold weather could make it more likely than previous years.
The current Ladbrokes odds for a White Christmas in London are 5/1 and the Met has said our winters have been milder in recent years – meaning this season could come as a “shock” as it is set to be the coldest winter since 2012.
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Leon Brown, head of meteorological operations, told the Mirror : “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.
“January and February temperatures look more average, with an Atlantic influence – but also cold spells and not the extreme mild temperatures of last winter.”
It will be great – if you like snow (Image: Martin Keene/PA Wire)
What does the Met Office say?
The Met Office’s long-range forecast runs up until Saturday December 26 and predicts gales could hit London over the festive period.
It says there is a risk of gales, with the strongest winds being seen to the north and northwest.
It also forecasts early winter weather although “the best of the driest and brightest weather is in the south and east.”
It does say there is a chance for “wintry precipitation” in the north, but not yet in London.
More detailed forecasts will be available closer to the day.
Is History on our side?
It is extremely rare for it to snow in London on Christmas but it has happened already this century.
In 2010 the UK was hit by a widespread White Christmas and most of the country was covered in snow.
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Unusually, 83 per cent of places (the highest amount ever recorded) had snow on the ground.
So while it is unlikely it is not impossible that London will see snow on Christmas day.