Will the UK have a white Christmas this year?

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With the festive plans of so many Britons ruined by a new coronavirus strain, can we at least hope for a Christmas Day with a picturesque covering of snow?

The Met Office says that, despite frosty conditions bringing a "seasonal feel" to the UK, those hoping for a white Christmas will be disappointed.

Tom Morgan, meteorologist at the Met Office, said: "It's going to be dry for the vast majority of the UK, and it will be a cold and frosty start to the day, particularly for England and Wales.

"So there will be a seasonal feel in terms of white frost on the ground, but in terms of snow, we're not anticipating any on the ground for the vast majority of the country, unfortunately.

"It's going to be a frosty Christmas rather than a white Christmas.

"It's a mild and wet start to the week in the south but turning much colder and sunnier for the Christmas period and I think everyone will notice that.

"Even though it's not going to be a white Christmas, people will still need their big coats and scarves and hats for any walks they may be going on over the Christmas period."

There could be a little snow in eastern parts of Scotland on Christmas Eve but there is none expected on Christmas Day.

The week will begin with rain and mild temperatures but these will drop to mid-single figures on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, possibly falling as low as -3C in some parts of England on the morning of 24 December.

Mr Morgan said temperatures are expected to reach a high of 6C in London and the south of England on 24 December and a high of 5C on Christmas Day.

Parts of the north, including Manchester, will see 4C and 5C on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day respectively.