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UK weather: Long-range forecasts predict white Christmas for first time in 12 years

The UK is set to experience its first white Christmas in 12 years, according to the latest forecasts.

With temperatures expected to plummet from next week onwards, bookies predict that snow will fall on December 25.

Coral spokesman John Hill said: “The odds say it will be all white on the big day. Big chills are coming early this year.”

According to the Met Office, the UK's last widespread white Christmas was in 2010.

But as forecasters warn of an early winter with snow and bone-chilling temperatures of -8C, it's looking likely that Brits will enjoy snow over Christmas this year - for the first time in 12 years.

Reports say that the UK will experience a brief warm up tomorrow, on Tuesday (October 4), followed by colder temperatures that will continue to drop throughout the month.

It will be the first white Christmas in 12 years (Getty Images)

A rare “long La Nina” weather phenomenon, which means large scale cooling of ocean surface temperature, is set to bring snow flurries next month, sending energy bills rocketing.

But this doesn't mean Brits will be escaping its usual wet weather, as the nation is expecting heavy rain this week.

The Met Office has issued yellow warnings for Tuesday and Wednesday as wet weather is expected to hit the north of the UK.

The country is seeing the tail end of Hurricane Ian, which wrecked havoc across the pond.

As Ian continues to destroy homes across Florida and the Carolinas, its death toll has climbed past 80.

The Met Office have issued yellow weather warnings this week (Getty Images)

Jim Dale, meteorologist for British Weather Services, said: “We are going to get something of everything in the next few days, a complete smorgasbord of weather.

“There will be wind, rain, showers and, from the start of the week, a rise in temperatures in southern parts of the country.”

Most of the country will be dry and bright today, (Monday, October 3), but the south, Northern Ireland and western Scotland are expecting rain.

Wet weather and strong winds are expected to spread across the country on Tuesday before drier conditions return on Thursday.

Towards the end of the week, the north is set for heavy rain, while the south is expecting drier conditions.

Commuters will be encouraged to keep an eye on the forecast (Getty Images)

According to the Met Office, a yellow weather warning means: "There is a small chance of injuries and danger to life from flying debris, a slight chance of some damage to buildings, such as tiles blown from roofs, and a small chance of longer journey times or cancellations as road, rail, air and ferry services are affected."

Those travelling abroad or commuting in affected areas will be encouraged to keep an eye on the forecast and plan ahead in case of disruptions.

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