‘Sweltering Christmas this year!’ UK set for Christmas heatwave as odds slashed this year

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    Odds have been slashed for the upcoming holiday period as the UK is forecast to have the warmest December ever recorded. Coral’s John Hill told the Sun bookies are not expecting a white Christmas this year.

    “If the latest odds are anything to go by, we could be set for a sweltering Christmas this year,” he said.

    The odds for a Christmas heatwave have shortened, with chances been slashed from 3-1 to 6-4.

    He added: “We have slashed the odds on this Christmas Day being the hottest we have ever had so many people may be considering a BBQ for their Christmas dinner this year.”

    The Met Office has said the chance of experiencing a white Christmas this year has been reduced by the increasing global temperatures.

    “Climate change has brought higher average temperatures over land and sea and this reduces the chance of a white Christmas,” the Met Office revealed.

    The Met Office defines a white Christmas as having one snowflake falling in the 24 hours of December 25.

    The Met Office commented on 2020 being a year of extreme weather.

    It’s end of year report read: “This makes it clear that the general trend of warming as a consequence of climate change is being seen, not just at a global level, but in our own national temperature records.

     

    “Not only will 2020 be one of the top five hottest on record for the UK, but also it will be one of the top ten wettest and the top ten sunniest years.”

    The last white Christmas in the UK was reported in 2010. However, snow is more likely to fall between January and March.

    Only four Christmas days during the last 50 years have recorded widespread snow.

    Julian Faraway, Professor of Statistics at Bath University and an expert in air pollution and flooding, has warned the probability of the UK having a “white Christmas” again is becoming “less and less likely”.

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    “I think people in the UK will have to adapt somewhat.

    “They’re going to be more uncomfortable with summer weather because it’s going to be hot and it won’t be as cold in the winter.”



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