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There’s a 60% chance Britons will see a white Christmas – amid claims, this winter could be the coldest in almost a decade

Explosions in the Arctic before the holidays could lead to temperatures of -10 ° C, as well as snow and ice, it is claimed

The Weather Company officials say our winters in recent years have been milder – and the cold this season will “shock” us

And Met Office records show that if the average temperature is only 02C below normal, 35C or below, it will be the coldest winter since 2012/13

Forecasters have already warned of below-average temperatures in December and a higher risk of cold snaps than in recent years

Ladbrokes chances of seeing snow fall anywhere in the UK on December 25th are currently 6/4

Alex Apati of Ladbrokes said: “Bettors dream of a white Christmas look destined to make their wish come true later this year as we brace for a record cold winter to come.”

And Paddy Power spokesperson Amy Jones said, “In the words of Game of Thrones, winter is coming and it looks like we could add to the craziness of 2020 with snow on Christmas.”

In Coral, Edinburgh and Newcastle are rated 3-1, making them the UK cities most likely to see a White Christmas

“We took advantage of a mild autumn but winter will arrive with freezing temperatures

According to experts at The Weather Company, December will likely be the coldest month of winter, with frosts in January and February, but fewer cold days overall

Leon Brown, chief of weather operations, said: “People are going to be shocked after recent mild winters

“It seems like a close call for this winter at 03C below average, which would make it the coldest winter since the early 2010s

“A cooler than average December is favored, with arctic influxes from the northwest due to the position of the jet stream

The Met Office defines the term as at least one snowflake falling in a specific location during the 24 hours of December 25

There have only been four occasions in the UK in the past 51 years where more than 40% of weather stations reported snow on the ground at 9 a.m.

The last widespread white Christmas in the UK dates back to 2010 83% of resorts recorded snow on the ground, the highest amount ever reported

Technically, the last white Christmas was Christmas Day in 2015. However, no station reported snow deposit on the ground

Perthshire, Scotland had 47cm of snowfall on December 25, 1981, the deepest figure on record, while Gainford, Durham had the coldest Christmas day in 1878 at -183 C

Capel Curig, Wales experienced the wettest Christmas Day of 2015 with 165mm of rain and Sella Ness in the Shetland Islands faced the strongest winds at 101 mph in 2011

According to the Met Office, snow falls on average 39 days a year in December, compared to 56 days in February and 42 days in March

“A forecast of -10 ° C in Scotland and -5 ° C in England, with snow in the north, including sometimes at lower levels, and a risk in the south, with some disturbance to movements

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“The temperatures in January and February seem more average, with an Atlantic influence – but also cold spells and not the extremely mild temperatures of last winter”

According to the Met Office, the risk of cold snaps is much higher than in recent years

“From 5 to 19 December, temperatures are near or below average, with an increasing risk of winter showers, especially in the north at altitude”

However, service officials say they don’t have a forecast for Christmas Day just yet – although acknowledged: “As we move into the winter months there is a risk of the weather colder “

Met Office forecaster Alex Deakin said: “It’s going to get a lot colder over the next 24 to 48 hours”

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