What are the odds of a white Christmas in the UK for 2015? Not likely, according to leading bookmakers in the country.
William Hill have pushed out the odds of snow falling in the region on Christmas Day, with spokesman Joe Crilly telling Hartlepool Mail, “The weather outside is certainly frightful, however, snow on Christmas Day looks unlikely.”
The odds for Newcastle are 4/1, with snow thought to fall more likely in Scotland. In Aberdeen, the odds eased from 2/1 to 5/2, while the price on offer for London drifted from 5/1 to 4/1 before returning to 5/1.
For Dublin, the odds are 6/1.
Paddy Power also offered betting odds for the maximum temperature during Christmas Day.
For UK, the odds for an 8.01C to 11C temperature on Dec. 5 are 9/4, while 5C to 8C are 5/2. The price on offer for 11.01C to 13C is at 3/1, while the odds for 13.01C or higher are 11/2. The odds for less than 5C are 9/2.
For Ireland, Paddy Power’s odds for less than 5C are 5/2; 5C to 8C are 7/4; 8.01C to 11C are 5/2; 11.01C to 13C are 6/1; and 13.01C or higher are 8/1.
UK hasn’t had a white Christmas in five years. The last white Christmas happened in December 2010, when snow fell for much of the region, leaving some parts of Scotland and north east England with more than 50cm of snow on the ground early in the month, according to Channel 4.
The following years saw the UK with mild weather and a distinct lack of the white stuff, while Christmas Day in 2013 saw gales—which persisted through the whole winter—across much of the country. Snow still failed to deliver in 2014, with the slightly above normal temperatures giving the country a sun-filled Christmas.