Forecasters from the Met Office have predicted unsettled conditions and average temperatures for the days leading up to Christmas in the UK. While rain is expected for many areas on Christmas Day, there is a small chance of wintry weather towards the end of the year. However, the likelihood of a white Christmas seems low, particularly away from the Scottish hills. The forecast for the festive period remains very uncertain due to its two-week timeframe.
According to Sky News weather producer Christopher England, there is an increasing chance of snow and ice in the UK late in December and into the New Year. However, with the current forecast, it seems more likely for rain to dominate during Christmas week. The coming days are predicted to be unsettled, but a calmer and drier spell is expected over the weekend and into next week as Christmas approaches. The risk of fog and frost is expected, particularly in the south and southeast, while rain is most likely in parts of the northwest.
The Met Office’s long-range forecast suggests the potential for a return to unsettled conditions and typically average temperatures in the days leading up to Christmas Eve. While the chance of snow and ice increases into the New Year, the overall expectation is for generally mild and wet conditions. December started with a festive feel in the UK, with cold temperatures and some areas experiencing snow and ice.
The concept of a white Christmas has captivated the UK, but it has become a rarity in recent years. Technically, the UK experienced a white Christmas in 2022 since 9% of the Met Office’s weather stations recorded falling snow. However, none reported any snow lying on the ground. The last widespread white Christmas was back in 2010.
As the Christmas season approaches, uncertainty lingers in the UK’s weather forecast. While rain is expected to be the predominant weather during Christmas week, there is a small chance of wintry conditions towards the end of the year. However, the likelihood of a white Christmas remains low, especially outside the Scottish hills. The days leading up to Christmas Eve may see a return to unsettled conditions and average temperatures, with generally mild and wet weather expected in the New Year. While the dream of a white Christmas may persist, the reality seems to be more rain than snow for this festive season in the UK.