Many people may have been dreaming of a ‘white Christmas’, but what are the experts saying?

Some will be disappointed to hear that we may be getting rain rather than snow for Christmas this year.

The Met Office is forecasting scattered showers across the UK towards the end of this week, but the rain is predicted to dry up in most parts in time for Christmas Day.

What is the weather outlook for this week?

The outlook for this week looks grey and wet for England, Wales and Northern Ireland, with some gales hitting coastal areas.

Heavy rain will arrive in southwest England and Wales later today (Thu 20 Dec), spreading into the rest of England, Wales and Northern Ireland during the early hours of Friday.

Scotland will see scattered showers and some frost, with some patches of sunshine at times, while the weather is set to remain slightly drier in the north over the course of the weekend.

Will it be a white Christmas?

The chances of a white Christmas are unlikely this year, as the forecast indicates the weather will be mild and bright, although there is potential for rain in some parts.

The unsettled weather over the weekend is set to become drier as Christmas approaches, bringing a much milder day on 25 December for most of the UK.

On Christmas Eve, central and western areas will see cloudy skies and some outbreaks of rain, while it will most likely be dry and brighter elsewhere.

Milder temperatures are predicted for Christmas Day (Photo: Shutterstock)

Milder temperatures are predicted for Christmas Day (Photo: Shutterstock)

The wet conditions are expected to clear for Christmas Day, bringing increasing amounts of dry weather and milder temperatures, particularly in southern parts.

However, the Met Office warns that with this settled weather comes an increased risk of overnight fog and frost.

Northern areas are set to see more changeable weather conditions after Christmas Day, with some showers and longer spells of rain expected.

What is the forecast for New Year’s Eve?

Southern parts of the UK are predicted to have a dry start to the New Year, but showers and spells of rain are likely to strike the north, with the unsettled weather set to extend to all parts of the country for a time in early January.

The Met Office expects a shift to colder temperatures at the start of the year, bringing wet and windy conditions, and a chance of wintry weather and snow for some areas of the UK.

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