Met Office gives verdict on snow bomb as UK looks set for white Christmas

UK weather: Met Office forecasts continued rain

Many Britons are expected to wake up next Monday to a glorious white Christmas as the Met Office revealed forecasters have a “high degree of confidence” there would be snowfall over the festive period.

This comes as the Met Office said there is a chance of “wintry showers” in northern areas at the end of this week and over the weekend. If the wintry showers persist into next week, there could be a dusting of snow on Christmas Day.

Grahame Madge, spokesperson for the Met Office, told The Mirror: “We are still one week away and the broad picture is that there will be colder air coming in from the North.

“Where the uncertainty plays out is how far south that [cold air] will get. Some models show it coming down as far south as the Midlands.”

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But any snow is unlikely to settle, with little sign of a “widespread or severe” cold snap. He added: “Are we likely to see snow fall in Central London next Monday? I’d say it’s very unlikely.”

The Met Office’s verdict looks in line with the latest weather maps that shows most northern parts of the UK turning white on Christmas Day.

Maps from WXCharts show areas around Inverness, Dundee, Fort William and Portress caked with layers of snow. Around 17-18cm of snow will be seen in these areas on Christmas.

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Temperatures are reportedly set to plummet as low as -8C in parts of northern Scotland over the coming week and weekend.

Mr Madge added: “Technically, it’s very likely to be a white Christmas. The definition is just one snowflake falling on Christmas Day anywhere in the UK, so that’s quite a low bar really. If you were to round up Brits and ask them what they pictured, I imagine most would say it means waking up to a blanket of snow on Christmas morning. Unfortunately, that’s not the technical definition and that’s not going to be the case for the vast majority.”

The last white Christmas by the Met Office’s technical definition in the UK was in 2021. But when it comes to Christmas card-esque weather, Brits haven’t seen widespread settled snow on the big day since 2010.

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