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UK weather forecast: ‘Coldest December ever’ odds slashed as Met Office issues ‘dangerous’ ice warning

THE UK is in for the "coldest December ever" claim bookmakers, as the Met Office issues a "dangerous ice" warning.

November's constant rain will finally end, as temperatures dip alongside drier and colder conditions at the start of December, forecasters say.

The Met Office has issued a weather warning for an icy spell between midnight and 10am tomorrow, saying there will be “some icy stretches likely Friday morning”.

It warns there could be “injuries from slips and falls on icy surfaces, [and] probably some icy patches on some untreated roads, pavements and cycle paths.”

Temperatures are set to dip below normal for the time of year by the weekend.

Today was described as a transition day because the spell of low pressure leaves the UK before a new high comes in.

Met Office forecaster Craig Snell said: "We have certainly had a wet autumn but thankfully as we go into Friday and the weekend, for many parts of the UK it should be largely dry."

The change comes as odds have been slashed for the UK to experience its coldest temperature on record.

Bookmaker Coral says that hopes are growing for a white Christmas "with plenty of snow expected next month".

Coral has today slashed the odds on this December being the coldest on record to just 2-1 (from 5-1) as forecasters warn of a big freeze over the next few months.

As temperatures plunge, snow is expected to fall and Coral now go 5-4 that there will be a white Christmas in the UK.

Scotland the place to go for snow

Edinburgh and Glasgow (4-1) are rated as the most likely cities to get snow on Christmas Day, it adds.

Coral's spokesman, Harry Aitkenhead, said: "We are headed for a freezing festive period and the temperatures are forecast to be so low that we have slashed the odds on next month going down as the coldest December we have ever had.

"Punters are getting their bets on a White Christmas with snow set to fall as early as next week, and Edinburgh and Glasgow are rated as the most likely in our book to be covered in the white stuff on the big day."

While November's dismal weather will finally change, the Met Office says that there are still nine current flood warnings in the UK - meaning flooding is expected and immediate action is required.

Affected areas include: Barrow upon Humber, Low Barlings and the Short Ferry area; Upper Hull catchment; River Nene, east of Peterborough and west of Dog-in-a-Doublet Sluice; Roker, Sunderland; Whitley Bay, Cullercoats and Tynemouth; Hornsea, River Esk from Briggswath to Ruswarp and River Severn at Sandhurst and Maisemore.

Craig Snell said that today will see a transition between this week's wet and mild weather to something a bit colder and drier.

"The transition will start across Scotland during Thursday and transfer overnight into Friday.

"There will be rain around and it will be heavy at times.

"The heaviest rain will be across Northern Ireland and north west England and sink its way slowly south through the day," he added.

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