Bookies have slashed the odds on the UK experiencing the coldest winter for five years – increasing the chances of enjoying a white Christmas.Weather experts say that there will be 36 days of snow or ice across the winter months, with harsh temperature lows of -16C.
The chilly conditions are being blamed on the coldest Atlantic temperatures since records began 80 years ago, with Northern England and Scotland in for especially “full-on cold spells,” according to AccuWeather. And there are fears of travel chaos during the festive season, with London set for five days of snow or ice.
AccuWeather meteorologist Tyler Roys said: “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.”
Ladbrokes cut the odds on temperatures falling to -16C, which would be Britain’s coldest temperature since December 2010’s -21C Big Freeze. The winter chill is due to a cold 1,500-mile wide swathe of the North Atlantic starting 500 miles west of Britain. The US Government’s National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration weather department said: “The area of ocean had its coldest January to August in at least 80 years of records.”