White Christmas in doubt as temperatures hit 12C- will snow fall in your area?



A myriad of weather conditions set to grace the UK this Christmas with cloudy conditions and outbreaks of rain for most.

Temperatures on Christmas Day in England and Wales will flitter between 3 and 5 degrees.

The milder weather which will be largely dry means Britons can still pull on their walking boots and get out for a stomp. Rainfall will be short-lived and unlikely to cause flooding and disruptions to travel plans.

Southerners in Devon and Cornwall will see temperatures hit double figures of 11 and 12 degrees celsius on Christmas Day, making it ideal for coastal strolls after a big feast.

Meanwhile, people in the North may catch a glimpse of a snowy landscape as the Pennines and Scotland will have wintery conditions for the duration. Some lucky families may still be able to take out the sledge as the afternoon gets chillier.

Scotland and the Pennines are most likely to see snow
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On Christmas Eve a band of rain is likely to move swiftly across the country and could bring a heavy downpour. It will move to the West of the country earlier in the day, reaching London and the south east by dark. People in East Anglia will have a drizzly Christmas morning as the band begins clearing out into the North Sea.

The highlands in Scotlands will see the coldest weather throughout. The normal average temperature for the end of December for the entire UK is 7C, although it is lower in Scotland at 5C.

A Met Office spokesperson said: “What’s happening now is we’ve got some warmer air coming in from the south-west, but we’ve still got this cold pool of air over the north and over Scotland.

Cloud and rainy spells will sweep across most of the country
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“Because the high pressure has moved out of the way, it allows these systems to move in from the south-west so we are going to see bands of weather fronts bringing some rain.

“For much of the country it looks like Christmas Day will see some rain showers, and some heavier bursts mixed in, but overall a mild showery day.”

The milder temperatures mean there is little risk of frost and ice, minimising travel disruptions as families reunite.

Fog could set in across southern parts of England and Wales on Christmas Eve but it will likely clear by the following day.

Downpours could be heavy in parts of the country
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England

North west

A cloudy start to Christmas Eve with patchy drizzle. A few brighter spells will appear later on just before a band of persistent rain – perhaps with snow over the highest hills. Temperatures will climb to a maximum of 9 °C.

It will turn colder on Christmas Day and there may be a dusting of snow on hills. Boxing Day will be mostly cloudy as rain and hill snow peter out. Mostly dry on Monday with a little brightness.

North East

Rain will slowly move back south across the region during the day on the 24th, possibly turning wintry over high ground. There will be a maximum temperature of 3 °C.

Rain and snow are likely to clear towards the south on Christmas Day. But it won’t be long before the chilly, wintry showers return as they look set to sweep across the region on Boxing Day and Monday, particularly near the coast, with some sunny spells.

The North East could see snow from tomorrow
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Yorkshire & Humber

A bright start on the 24th to kick off the festive cheer. Though it’s best to get outdoors early as it will quickly turn cloudy with spells of rain across the north of the region.

Rain will become more persistent overnight, possibly turning wintry over high ground with a maximum temperature of 6 °C.

On Christmas Day, rain and snow are likely to clear towards the south. Wintry showers possible Sunday and Monday near the coast, and a chance of some sunny spells elsewhere.

West Midlands

An atmospheric Christmas Eve will be had with morning mist or fog lifting into low cloud, and breaking to give some bright spells. A band of persistent rain is due to arrive across the West Midlands later in the afternoon. The met Office predicts a maximum temperature of 11 °C.

It will turn colder on Christmas Day, with a little rain across the region. After a damp start, Boxing Day may brighten up with another cloudy day on Monday that could see patchy rain on-and-off during the day.

East Midlands

Christmas Eve will begin as a bright day – though it will turn cloudy as rain approaches from the west. Rain is expected throughout the night to Christmas Day that could see a wintry dawn.

Here, rain is likely for much of the festive weekend with a maximum temperature of 8 °C. Rain could turn to snow at times – particularly on Boxing Day. Monday may provide a welcome break with milder weather.

East

Britons in the East will have similar weather as in the East Midlands. While Christmas Eve will start off bright, cloud and rain are expected for most of the day.

A chilly Christmas morning is likely with temperatures of around 9 °C.

The risk of ice and fog has dropped and is unlikely to disrupt travel
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South West

The South West will have warmer weather than most as the mist lifts to give some brightness in the east of the region. Rain will fall across most of the region by midday but it should clear, leaving brighter skies in the afternoon. Temperatures may reach 12 °C.

The higher temperature may make this area wetter on Christmas Day with intermittent rainfall. Similarly, Boxing Day could stay cloudy with some rain possible at times. Monday also looks mixed. Perhaps some bright intervals, but also further rain likely.

London and South East

Again, the day will have bright bursts and rain on Christmas Eve that will ease off by dawn on Christmas Day. Temperatures could climb to 11 °C.

Intermittent rain may continue for the duration of the weekend, with a small possibility of snow inland. However, Britons near the south coast will see drier weather. Monday will bring better weather to this region – but hold onto yours hats if walking along the coastlines. It will be windy!

Britons in Scotland and the Pennines may still get chance to sledge
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Wales

Christmas Eve will see a mixture of weather with morning mist lifting and bright spells to start the day. Rain will seep in later on in the southwest by lunchtime, covering the whole region in the afternoon. It remains warm for late December though will temperatures climbing to 11 °C.

Big coats and wooly hats will be needed on Christmas Day with rain and possibly light snowfall all day. On Boxing Day, patchy rain and snow on higher ground is likely.

Northern Ireland

Overnight fog will slowly lift creating a dry Christmas Eve morning. Rain will travel into the south in the afternoon and across the north into the evening.

Cloudy weather will sink in for most of the weekend with a maximum temperature of 10 °C.

Gulls rest upon surface ice on a partially frozen pond in London
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Scotland

The Met Office has issued yellow weather warnings in Scotland with north of Glasgow at risk of ice and snow over December 23 and 24..

The snow and ice warning says snow could fall from mid-afternoon today through to tomorrow morning. It could disrupt travel as people make their way to see loved ones.

Fresh weather will keep Scots on their toes this Christmas as the Lothian and Borders will see a maximum temperature of 6°C, with cloudy, drizzly, weather on the 24th.

Meanwhile, the Dumfries and Galloway will be mostly dry and cloudy but with a similar temperature. From Christmas Day to Monday, it will be mainly dry with a few chilly days as fresh easterly winds sweep through.

In the north, there may be a spattering of snow and a little rain.

In the Highlands, including Caithness, Sutherland and perhaps Lewis, the weather will be mostly dry on Christmas Eve. During the evening, rain will set in after a cloudy night, turning to snow over high ground with minimum temperatures of 1 °C.

On Christmas Day, rain and snow will peter out in the morning to leave a dry afternoon. By the afternoon, some sunshine will break through across the northwest. However, the low temperatures will bring frost by dusk.

Only Northern parts of the country are expected to see snow this year
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Earlier this week the Met Office predicted two dates that could bring snow – which they now say is unlikely.

They said Britons in the North could see a crisp, blanket of snow on Christmas Day as areas with higher grounds such as the Pennines or Scotland would be the first to enjoy a cold spell.

Specific locations for snow are still unclear as the boundary between where cold and milder air could be – and therefore which areas might see snow – is still uncertain.

Southern areas were expected to see snow on the 27th but these hopes have been dashed.

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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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