Bookies Bet On Weather Whiteout
With winds starting to blow and temperatures dropping, the cold weather sweeping through the country could have an impact on the sporting fixtures this weekend. Bookmakers William Hill are offering odds of 6/1 for any Premier League match to be called off on Saturday or Sunday.
“There’s a real chance that our weekend could be badly affected by the weather and it might even hit our sporting fixtures,” said William Hill spokesman Jon Ivan-Duke.
And it’s not just this weekend’s sport that could be adversely affected by the weather. Cheltenham Festival in March is a massive event for the bookmakers and William Hill think it is a 7/1 chance for any day at racing’s biggest meeting to be abandoned due to the weather and it is 25/1 for the whole festival to be abandoned.
In 2008, the second day of Cheltenham Festival was missed due to high winds, with the remaining races spread over the following two days.
“Cheltenham Festival is one of the biggest events in the calendar for bookmakers so we’re hoping the cold conditions are long gone by March,” said William Hill spokesman Jon Ivan-Duke.
With the General Election approaching, every day is vital for politicians, but William Hill think there is a slim chance for Parliament to be closed due to the weather before voting takes place. It’s 25/1 for Parliament to be shut due to adverse conditions.
“There’s a frosty atmosphere between the political parties in the run-up to the election, but it’s highly unlikely to chill the weather enough to abandon Parliament,” said William Hill spokesman Jon Ivan-Duke.
Any Premier League Match To Be Called Off Due To Weather Reasons (on 31st January and/or 1st February): 6/1
Any one day of Cheltenham Festival to be abandoned due to adverse weather conditions (ie. waterlogging, frost, snow or high winds): 7/1
The whole of Cheltenham Festival to be abandoned due to adverse weather conditions (ie. waterlogging, frost, snow or high winds): 25/1
UK Parliament To Be Closed For Weather Reasons Before April 30th 2015: 25/1
Big Ben To Fail To Chime For Weather Reasons Before April 30th 2015: 50/1
Lowest Temperature In England To Be Beaten By April 30th 2015: 8/1 (Record Coldest Temperature Is -26.1C on January 10th 1982, Shropshire)
Lowest Temperature In Wales To Be Beaten By April 30th 2015: 8/1 (Record Coldest Temperature Is -23.3C On January 21st 1940, Powys)
Lowest Temperature In Scotland To Be Beaten By April 30th 2015: 8/1 (Record Coldest Temperature Is -27.2C On January 10th 1982, Aberdeenshire)