White Christmas more likely than normal as temperatures set to plummet

As we're on our way into December, the last month of 2022 is set to be an ice-cold one as temperatures continue to drop to freezing levels.

The likes of Scotland and Wales are expected to experience snowfall and icy conditions in the upcoming days.

Jim Dale, senior meteorologist at British Weather Services spoke on what we can expect in December and what sort of conditions the month will bring.

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Mr Dale mentioned on how the cold Siberian wind is pushing in from the east which is the cause of the freezing temperatures that the UK is facing at the moment.

The Met Office continues to say that only higher ground and mountain tops will be affected by this.

Despite raised eyebrows, Mr Dale insists on the emergence of an extremely cold period soon and should his prediction come true, it'll be the first time in more than a decade that the 'Beast from the East' rears its ugly head.

The Met Office tweeted last night: "It's turning colder this week and easterly winds look likely to continue next week with temperatures staying below average although it's too early to give specific details, a 'Beast from the East' is not expected, but some snow is possible in places."

Mr Dale added: "There is greater confidence in freeze and snow as we move through December.

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"It makes a white Christmas that much more likely than normal, that’s for sure. Blocking high pressure equals cold and potentially freezing on the run-up.

"But we are not in December as yet. However, if it turns out to be cold, more than freezing, then it will break an 11-month run of higher than average monthly temperatures."

Amid all the hubbub of a potential White Christmas, the Met Office explained why snowfall is more likely to fall beyond December 25.

It said: "For most parts of the United Kingdom, Christmas is only at the beginning of the period when it's likely to snow."


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