UK weather forecast: Heavy rain and showers for many
Great swathes of Britain will be blitzed by huge walls of snow on Christmas Day, latest weather maps suggest. While the Met Office can forecast if snow is likely up to five days before December 25, maps from WX Charts and Netweather show much of Scotland and parts of northern England with depths ranging from 2cm to 25cm.
WX Charts, using data from MetDesk, shows central Scotland, western Scotland and the Highlands blanketed in up to 26cm of snow by 6pm on Christmas Day. Dumfries and Galloway, the Scottish Borders, Northumberland, County Durham and North Yorkshire will also see snow up to 2cm to 5cm, according to WX Charts.
Netweather’s snow risk map for December 25 shows a 100 percent risk of snow in central Scotland while the risk across the Scottish Borders and Dumfries and Galloway is 60-80 percent.
While northern Britons looks set to see a white Christmas, much of the rest of the UK won’t, current data shows.
Instead much of Wales, the Midlands and northern England will see rain on December 25 while the south west and south east of England look to be dry with a mix of snow and rain forecast for Northern Ireland, WX Charts shows.
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Maps show snowfall hitting a huge 473 mile area from Wick in northern Scotland all the way to Manchester from midnight on Christmas Eve.
Currently, this looks to be the last significant snow shower before the big day, with rural areas getting up to 38cm of snow – with the Scottish Highlands unsurprisingly hit hardest.
But snow may actually lay in some urban areas too – with central Wales and Cardiff showing potential for up to 4cm to dust the ground. Manchester may also get a very slight covering, but nothing too thick.
Norfolk may also see a small amount, but again, this looks to be less than 1cm. Forecasts are likely to change as more certainty arises the closer the festive period gets.
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According to the Met Office’s long range forecast, the nine days up to Christmas Day will see the potential for high pressure moving further west into the Atlantic and central Atlantic.
It says this will allow a return to unsettled conditions and typically nearer average temperatures nationwide, with a potential for short-lived, colder spells with periods of north or northwesterly winds, according to the forecaster.
The Met Office forecast for Boxing Day to January 9 says: “Most likely continuing unsettled with bands of rain crossing the UK with brighter conditions and showers in between.
“The wettest and windiest conditions are most likely in the north and northwest. The chance of a colder spell of weather, with hazards such as snow and ice, does increase later in December and into the New Year period.
“However, on balance conditions are most likely to remain generally mild and wetter than average.”
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