Met Office warns of Christmas washout as heavy rain lashes Britain

Geraldine Edwards
December 24, 2018

Some could see a few flurries tonight, but sunshine returns quickly for your Christmas Eve. This was never going to be a big system. The onslaught of snow or a wintry mix will be around into Thursday morning, with a possible changeover to rain in the southern half of the region, while either snow or a wintry mix from Highway 29 on north.

Christmas Eve shapes up to be a pretty nice day. There is a chance we may see a brief period of light snow, but that will change to all rain by Wednesday evening, and rain is expected to continue through Thursday evening. Temperatures will feel colder as if we were in the 20s all day long.

Most of the rain should be out by the time we head into the overnight hours.

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Some clouds, some wind for Sunday

Tuesday, Christmas Day, will be sunny with a high of -8 C and the same for Wednesday.

Forecasters say Norfolk is unlikely to have a white Christmas. It's a seasonable chill for this time of the year with highs in the lower 40's.

Meteorologist Mark Wilson said: 'So we look ahead to the all important forecast then for Christmas Day.

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People travelling across Britain to spend Christmas with family and friends have endured a miserable day on the move after showers continued throughout Sunday.

'A lot of cloud on the map, an east-west split to the weather. Of course with that kind of temperature profile any snow that was left in the corners of your yard would be gone.

Simon Williams, of the RAC, said: "Drivers filling up for their Christmas journeys will be right to exclaim "bah humbug" to the retailers as it's much costlier than previous year".

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'Further towards the east its generally dry, with a bit more in the way of brightness.

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