Dreaming of a white Christmas?

Can we expect snow this Christmas? Until a few days before the big day it's usually not possible to say with any certainty, but that doesn't stop us taking a fun look ahead as we count down to December 25th.   
 
 

Christmas 2016 countdown

Christmas weather forecast introduction

Welcome to our dedicated Christmas 2016 weather forecast page. If forecasting a few days ahead is prone to error in the UK how it is possible to forecast a single day several months ahead? The simple answer is it isn't! Usually it's not until the second week of December that confidence in the forecast begins to rise.

The 'computer says' forecasts are produced using data from the seasonal CFSv2 model and are updated daily. 'TheWeatherOutlook says' forecasts look at the data from the computer models and how the weather is developing during the autumn, and are usually updated weekly.

Please remember that and understand this page is primarily for fun, as the days grow shorter, the weather turns miserable, and the big day approaches.

TheWeatherOutlook daily update says

The twenty-eighth update reduces the chance of snow in the north and and south. We are calling:

A green Christmas is called for most of the UK. December 25th starts off very mild but during the course of the day colder and showers conditions return to northern regions. The showers could fall as sleet or snow at times, especially over high ground. It is expected to be very windy.

Probabilities of snow falling on Christmas Day
North of Yorkshire / Lancashire: 12%
South of Yorkshire / Lancashire: 2%

Forecast issued
Update 28, 23/12/2016

The computer says [Issued 19/01/2017 09:36:47]

The regional Christmas weather predictions are updated daily using medium and long range forecast data. They may indicate very different prospects to the TWO forecast above. Who will be right?
  • It's expected to be too mild for snow in the south.
  • It's expected to be too mild for snow in Wales.
  • It's expected to be too mild for snow in the Midlands.
  • It's expected to be too mild for snow in the north.
  • It's expected to be too mild for snow in Scotland.
  • It's expected to be too mild for snow in Northern Ireland.
  • It's expected to be too mild for snow in the Republic of Ireland.
  • It's expected to be too mild for snow in the Netherlands.

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