So, we've made it to the final update of the year for 2020. As always, it's a bitter sweet moment, these are definitely my favourite forecasts of the year to write. I hope you've enjoyed following them.
Forecast wise, we've been on about the right track since late mid-late November, with a the possibility of a northerly, colder airflow around the Christmas period. It's been a near miss this time round, with the main, brief (for now!) push of colder air coming today with high pressure edging in for the big day.
The overall picture for Christmas day is a settled one, with some good sunny spells, especially in southern and central England during the day. The will be showers in eastern counties of England overnight and to start, some of which will be wintry, especially over the hills and during the early hours. Rain, with snow over the tops will also move in from the northwest into Scotland into the afternoon.
It'll be a cold start to the day, with a widespread frost and highs in the day will struggle a tad, reaching 3-6c generally. More cloud will have arrived through the day, so any late frost will typically be limited to southern regions.
Beyond Christmas, Storm Bella will arrive for Boxing day, bringing strong winds and heavy rain. It's likely to bring some disruption due to both the rain and wind, as well as adding to the ongoing flooding issues in parts of the country, so plenty to be keeping an eye on.
And that's it for the Christmas forecast this year, I'm off to tuck into some mince pies, and maybe have a sneaky Bailey's to wash them down. Whatever you're doing, I truly hope you have a happy, healthy Christmas.
Next update November 2021