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Everyone's talking about... a white Christmas in London

Isabelle Aron

We unpick the issues that have got Londoners all riled up. This week, it's the prospect of a white Christmas in London.

Wait... Christmas already? Where did November go?

It's been and gone. And although it was an unusually warm one, it was during November that the city had its first flurry of snow. Didn't notice? Well, it was at 7.30am a couple of Saturdays ago - so you're not the only one. But now what everybody wants to know is whether a white Christmas is on the cards for London.

Well, is it?

Um, maybe. Believe it or not, the Met Office says that we've had snow on 38 of the last 54 Christmas Days in the UK. But its definition only requires 'a single snowflake' to fall sometime, somewhere in the country on December 25. And that's hardly what Bing was singing about, was it? Detailed weather predictions are only provided five days in advance, but Piers 'Brother of Jez' Corbyn, owner of WeatherAction, says that since it's been forecast in the run-up to Christmas, there's 'a chance of snow in some places on the big day'.

Sounds a bit vague. Let's talk stats: just how likely is it we'll see snow here?

Bookies have slashed the odds on Christmas Day snowfall in London, with Ladbrokes offering 4/1, which is the lowest in several years. Maybe this is your chance to claw back some of the cash you forked out on all those prezzies.

And when it comes to it, does everyone actually want a white Christmas?

Apparently not. A recent survey shows that not everyone has a fondness for the white stuff, with one in five Brits saying they'd rather it didn't snow on Christmas Day. Snow way!

Snow or no snow, we've got Christmas all wrapped up with our events advent calendar.

Or why not head to one of these alternative Christmas markets?

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