Met Office long-range forecast for Christmas – and if snow is expected

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Brits are eagerly-awaiting to find out if a White Christmas is truly on the cards in the UK this year.

After a lackluster festive season last year due to lockdown restrictions in late December, a lot of families are looking forward to the hope that they will get to spend time together for 2021.

However, it would make the day even more special if snow fell and the UK woke to a White Christmas and snow on the morning itself.

The Met Office has issued a long-range forecast from their current weather reports and stated what it's looking like at this early stage.

The long-range forecast takes a sneak peek at what the current weather fronts may be doing around the British Isles in late December and early January.

Although it's not always highly likely, meteorologists from the weather agency only like to predict whether or not snow is set to fall on December 25 a few days beforehand. Weather maps and forecasts are known to change frequently as well.

As it stands, the Met Office expects wind and rain but a settled period between December 15 and December 24 – with a bitter cold spell for December 25.

The forecast reads: "Wednesday is expected to be breezy and cool in the northwest with sunshine and showers. Further south, although it will be milder, it is likely to be cloudy with outbreaks of rain.

"Thereafter, it should become drier and more settled in the south, with this more settled weather extending to all areas by the weekend. After starting rather overcast, cloud amounts should reduce with time, with the risk of overnight frost and fog increasing.

"The fog could be slow to clear in the mornings, perhaps lasting all day in some places. Some rain is still possible at times in the far northwest.

"Temperatures are expected to be near normal for most, but milder in the northwest and perhaps turning rather cold in the south in time for Christmas."

For Christmas day night and Boxing Day, through to New Year, unsettled weather will peak in the northwest.

It continues: "It is likely to remain settled for the final week of 2021, with an increasing risk of frost and fog for Christmas and New Year.

"Any unsettled spells are most likely for the northwest, with occasional stronger winds, and some showers or longer spells of rain.

"Temperatures are expected to be around average, but milder in the north, and colder in the south at times, where frost is most likely. Heading deeper into January there is expected to be a gradual shift towards more changeable conditions, especially in the northwest, and turning milder again too."

Weather maps from WXCharts predicted snow falling on Christmas Eve in Scotland and northern parts of England, however, weather fronts are known for moving and changing direction.

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