Is The Coldest Ever Winter Just Round The Corner?
As Britain prepares for Summer to have one final fling next week, British Weather Services are predicting misery further down the line - and now the bookies are getting involved as well.
William Hill are offering 10/1 that this year sees the coldest ever UK temperature of -27.2C broken, while 20/1 is offered that the coldest ever English temperature of -26.1C is broken.
The cold weather is expected to be less of a snap, but a sustained period of freezing temperatures, which has seen the first trickles of White Christmas punters getting involved in the popular festive market. London currently stands at 8/1 to see snow, but given the recent revelations, that price is sure to get shorter as Christmas approaches.
"We have hardly had a summer this year in the UK, but one thing is certain - we will definitely have a winter," said William Hill spokesman Joe Crilly. "It looks like Britain will have to brace for record low temperatures and plenty of snow."
Snow on Christmas Day: 4/1 Edinburgh (Castle); 4/1 Glasgow (Cathedral); 6/1 Belfast (International Airport); 6/1 Leeds (William Hill Office); 6/1 Manchester (Granada Studios); 8/1 Cardiff (Millennium Stadium); 8/1 Dublin (Airport); 8/1 London (Buckingham Palace)
Record temperatures to be broken before 01/01/2013:
England: -26.1c, 1982, Newport, Shropshire - 20/1
Scotland: -27.2c, 1995, Braemar, Aberdeenshire - 20/1
Wales: -23.3c, 1940, Rhyader, Powys - 20/1
UK: -27.2C, 1995, Braemar, Aberdeenshire - 10/1