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England set for a White Christmas, says Met Office

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All our dreams might be about to come true.

That’s right, according to those gems at the Met office, we might be in for snow in the UK on December 25.

The office put out their weather predictions for the festive season this weekend, and the outlook is snowy.

Of course, it’s early days yet, but for those in the north, things are looking positive. In a statement posted online on Sunday, the Met Office said:

“Interludes of more unsettled weather are expected to be fairly limited, although these could still lead to some snow over high ground in the north.

“It is likely to be rather a cold period, with temperatures below average for the time of year, and a continued risk of overnight frosts.

“Whilst it may be relatively mild at times, temperatures on the whole through this period are likely to be below average.”

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Edinburgh in the snow

It’s exciting news for Christmas lovers, as the UK hasn’t seen a White Christmas since 2010, when much of the country was blanketed in the white stuff.  83% of the UK’s weather stations noticed snow on the ground – which is the highest amount ever recorded.

As a result of the damaging effects of climate change, a White Christmas is becoming increasingly unlikely in this country, instead we should expect to see snow moving into the period from January to March from now on, says the Met Office.

However, a White Christmas is declared if any snow is observed falling anywhere in the UK within 24 hours of Christmas Day – so it doesn’t take much.

The news comes as week, temperatures are set to dip below freezing across the country, with some areas hitting an icy -3 degrees.

Time to crack out those thermal layers and plan for a snowy season.

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This gal is loving the snow

Five snowy activities to help you prepare for the big day:

1.Making snow angels. This doesn’t take much and yet provides endless fun and endless Instagram opportunities. Simply lie down in the white stuff and flap your arms and your legs. Stand up carefully to reveal your angel in the snow. Upside: Magicalness. Downside: Wet bottom.

2.Sledging. We’ve warned you now, so you’ll have plenty of time to prepare. Simply buy a sledge from wherever sells sledges, seek out your nearest hill and let go, hurtling forwards while singing deck the halls and screaming like a child. Upside: It’s the ultimate Christmas experience. Downside: Broken bones.

3.Building a snowwoman. Roll roll roll until your snowwoman is nice and large, putting all the other snowwomen to shame. Give her a nice carrot nose and some twiggy arms and ta da! She shall be your friend for all the day. Upside: you’ve been creative, you’ve done some exercise, you’ve made a pal. Downside: The sheer agony when she melts will possibly ruin the whole season.

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You can make your own friend in the snow

4.Going on snowy walks. Even the idlest out there cannot resist a walk in the snow. Suddenly, that trip to the supermarket becomes a joy, that family outing, less torturous. Pile on all your wool and head out into the high street which now looks less like capitalist Bedlam and more like Narnia. End your trip with a generous serving of hot toddy or mulled wine in the local. Upside: The alcohol, the exercise, the sense of achievement. Downside: Frostbite.

5.Wearing Moonboots. They’re absurd, they’re enormous and they are only acceptable in the snow. If you don’t own any then now’s your chance. And when the snow falls, you’ll be the on laughing because you’ll be able to run around like the child you really are. Upside: Warm, comfortable and make great crunching sounds in the snow. Downside: Mildly ridiculous and will take up all the space in your shoe rack forever more.

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