If you dream of a white Christmas, you might be lucky – if the forecasts of the bookmakers apply.
The Daily Star reports that bookie Coral shortens the chances of a White Christmas in the UK – but the Met Office told Bristol Live it was not so sure.
Coral suggests there will be a white Christmas party in Britain on 4/5 – meaning that Buckingham Palace, Aldergrove Airport in Belfast, Aberdeen's Pittodrome Stadium, Edinburgh Castle, Coronation Street in Manchester or the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff will snow.
William Hill has also announced snowfall rates at some locations on December 25 – including 3/1 in Aberdeen, 4/1 in Newcastle, 5/1 in Leeds, 6/1 in Liverpool, 6/1 in London, 5 / 1 in Belfast, 10/1 in Cardiff and 12/1 in Penzance.
Coral's Harry Aitkenhead told the Daily Star: "The big winter silence is upon us and there is a definite chance that the next few months will break the record for the coldest winter since the records began.
"It will be snowing in the UK next week, and the prospect of a white Christmas this year is exciting.
"We currently expect to get a shot of the white cloth somewhere in the UK on a big day."
What the Met Office says
The definition that Met Office uses for a white Christmas refers to snow falling somewhere in the UK in the 24 hours of December 25th.
Previously, forecasters used a single place in the country to define a White Christmas, the Met Office building in London. However, with the increase in white Christmas betting, the number of locations has increased.
The Met Office also analyzes data from observatories across the UK to get a complete picture of where snow fell or was lying on Christmas day.
However, the Met Office will not make a final snow forecast for Boxing Day before Dec. 20.
And a spokesman for the forecaster told Bristol Live that the next few weeks showed an unexplained rather than a particularly cold picture.
A spokesman for Met Office said, "Right now, by the end of November and mid-December, we'll see an unexplained picture with average temperatures.
"There is no signal for really cold weather."
Over the past 54 years, snow fell 38 times in the UK at Christmas
In the past 51 years, there has been only four widespread snowpacks on the ground (where more than 40 percent of stations in the UK reported snow at 9 in the morning).
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