With Britain braced for Storm Caroline, the bookies are bracing themselves for a potential £1m payout should a White Christmas happen.
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William Hill have been forced to take evasive action on a White Christmas today after a nationwide gamble on snow falling over the 24hrs of Christmas Day. Hills have cut the price of snow in all 15 of the cities that they bet on and it is odds on at 8/13 that snow falls in at least one of the cities the bookies bet on.
With significant snow set to fall in the next 48hrs, William Hill are starting to see big bets on a White Christmas. Hills are 5/2 that snow falls over the 24hrs of Christmas day in the Scottish cities (Aberdeen, Glasgow and Edinburgh), snow in London is 6/1.
Bookmakers William Hill can report a surprise early gamble on a white Christmas, with the Scottish cites now as short as 5/2 having opened at 4/1. The bookies Christmas cheer is largely based on whether a snowflake falls in London over the festive 24 hrs, which is currently priced at 6/1.
With the warm weather set to continue for the next few days, William Hill are offering just 6/1 that the temperature breaches 100f on the mercury at any point over the course of 2017 and 9/1 the record UK temperature of 38.5C is broken.
The odds of a hosepipe ban being introduced this year have plunged from 8/1 to 3/1 with William Hill as reports have suggested that water levels are worryingly low after a dry winter.
With the mercury set to rise above 20C later this week, William Hill have been forced to cut the odds of a record Easter weekend temperature being recorded this year.
The 20th February became the hottest day of the year so far and William Hill are offering 6/1 that the remaining eight days of the month sees a hotter temperature registered.
As 2016 was named the hottest on record for the third consecutive year, William Hill are offering 11/10 that 2017 follows suit.