Bookies across the land have recently slashed the odds of Britain experiencing a white Christmas from 5/1 to 2/1 prompting widespread belief that it might actually happen.
Weather experts have said that we can expect a whole 36 days of snow and ice across the Christmas period with temperatures dropping to a harsh -16C. The cold spell will be the result of “the coldest Atlantic temperatures since records began 80 years ago,” according to AccuWeather.
Tyler Roys, AccuWeather meteorologist, told the Mirror:
We’ll see full-on cold spells. Northern England faces colder-than-normal periods, some of which could affect southern England, and Scotland is forecast a colder than normal winter.
Given recent past winters’ minimum temperatures of -8C to -21C, lows of that level are possible this winter.
Along with the renewed odds on having a white Christmas Ladbrokes responded to the news by cutting the odds of the temperature falling to -16C. That would be Britain’s coldest temperature since the infamous ‘Big Freeze’ in December 2010 which saw temperatures plummet to -21C.
Some have speculated that the predictions are the result of the melting of the Greenland ice sheet. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration weather department in the US said: “The area of ocean had its coldest January to August in at least 80 years of records.”