Bookmakers slash odds of a white Christmas as the UK is set to go into a big freeze.
The Met Office waited patiently until late November before rolling out their first Game of Thrones gag of the year, but finally they can say ‘Winter is Coming’. Luke Mial of the Met Office adopted a Jon Snow persona to warn Britain to brace themselves this week, as a cold snap is set to see temperatures fall to a spine-tingling -6°c. The fall in temperature coincides with the meteorological winter, which has got the punters dreaming of a white Christmas.
Snow and Christmas go hand-in-hand, yet the majority of the British public rarely see a white blanket on December 25th. Even though a handful of stations recorded snowfall in 2013, you have to go back to 2010 for the last time the mass saw a white Christmas, with 83% of the met office’s observation stations recording snowfall.
There has been snow recorded on 38 Christmas Days in the last 54 years, with the most popular locations being Scottish cities, North Wales and the North-East. Following this week's forecasted big freeze, bookmakers have slashed their odds of snowfall on Christmas Day at the northern airports.
It’s no surprise that the Scottish airports head the market. A couple of weeks ago punters could bet on Aberdeen at 4/1 but bookmakers have priced the Aberdeen International Airport as favourite at 3/1. Other Scottish cities have had their price cut in the last two weeks, Glasgow into 7/2 from 5/1 and Edinburgh 7/2 from 4/1.
35% of the bets placed at Oddschecker on the market have been on Birmingham. England’s second city can still be backed at 7/1 even though one bookmaker has priced it at 4/1. The UK’s southern cities are less likely to see snowfall on the 25th, however London’s odds have been shortening each week. When the market opened in September, London was a 9/1 shot but now you can only get 5/1 on snow being recorded on Christmas day at Heathrow.
Cardiff’s the outsider at 8/1 even though at the start of the month one weather station predicted 6.3cm of snow for Christmas Day at the Welsh capital.