Christmas weather in the UK

  • Christmas weather in the UK
    17.12.2016 18:48

    What is a white Christmas?

    With Christmas soon approaching, many an eye is turned towards the weather forecast in the hope of a white Christmas.  For the Met Office to officially classify a Christmas as ‘white’ in the UK, all that is needed is for a single snowflake to be observed falling on Christmas Day. This has been recorded 38 times in the last 54 years. However, the more typical idea of a white Christmas with a covering of snow on the ground is much less common with only 4 years where lying snow has been widespread over the UK. 

    Recent Christmas weather
    Recent years have seen fairly mild Christmas weather and the last Christmas with a widespread covering of snow was 2010. Both 2013 and 2015 saw stormy weather over the Christmas period with severe flooding in places. Christmas 2011 was exceptionally mild with 15.1C recorded in Dyce, Aberdeenshire.

    What about this year?
    At the moment, Christmas is still too far away to give any specific details on the weather forecast. However, the current outlook suggests an unsettled theme to the UK weather into the Christmas weekend, with heavy showers or longer spells of rain possible, as well as windy conditions, especially for areas in the north and west. Accordingly, at the moment, snow looks unlikely for most but is not out of the question for high ground in northern Scotland.

    By: Callum Stewart