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Christmas Day in Britain Will Be Hotter Than Madrid or Istanbul

Chris Ogden

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Christmas Day in Britain Will Be Hotter Than Madrid or Istanbul

For those of you in the UK holding out hopes for a white Christmas this year, we're sorry to say that the closest you're going to get to a snowball will be in your drinks cabinet.

Britain will be hotter on Christmas Day tomorrow than Istanbul and Madrid, places which traditionally have more balmy climes than the UK.

The country will be unusually warm for the time of year, with temperatures around 11-12°C - five degrees higher than the Spanish capital and two degrees higher than Turkey.


A mum with her kid in Ankara, Turkey yesterday. Jammy. Credit: PA

Don't get your inflatable lilos out just yet though, as come the new year Icelandic weather will have drifted its way south, leaving us all soaking and freezing our arses off. Yay!

"[Today] there will be quite a lot of cloud around and some spots of drizzle over higher ground but there should be some patches of sun," a Met Office forecaster said.

"It will be quite breezy as well which should help to break up the cloud and we should see highs of between 10-13°C."


According to the national weather service, the only places that might see snow tomorrow will be parts of Scotland.

The forecaster has predicted a three-way split of weather across the country due to a weather front making its way across the Irish sea into Scotland.

"To the North of it there will be sunshine and showers while south of it there will be more of the mild, grey and overcast weather we saw on Christmas Eve," a forecaster said.

"Later in the day there is a slight risk of a white Christmas in some areas of central and eastern Scotland but not until after dark. There should be highs of around 12°C."


Credit: PA

By the new year, Britain will be hit by widespread showers and cold, blustery winds - and there we were hoping 2018 would get off to a good start.

The reason for that is because of what is known as the North Atlantic Oscillation, a weather phenomenon which transports wind and cold down from Iceland towards the UK.


That means that the weather is going to be extremely fickle for all of next week between Christmas and the new year, carrying on into 2018.

So keep your woolly hat AND your light jacket at the ready, as you're probably going to have give your entire cloakroom a workout this Christmas. Typical really, isn't it?

Featured Image Credit: PA

Topics: Snow, Met Office, Weather, Christmas, UK News, 2018, News, Turkey, New Year, Madrid, Spain

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