Christmas is almost always grey and insipid occasionally offering some interest. This year was the former as the early frost on Christmas Eve melted with the approach of the cloud cover before midnight (can we blame Santa for his CO2 emissions?). This video from 2011 also shows how rare a white Christmas is but also how they seem to cluster together:
By Paul Homewood
The annual Boxing Day dip at Overstrand, Norfolk
Hope you’ve all had a good Xmas.
Weather wise, it’s been dry and mild here, good for the dogs!
Some people of course prefer a white Christmas and complain that they are now a thing of the past.
But were cold Christmas’ s as common as we think?
Apparently not, according to the CET at least:
It is true that the warmest Christmas occurred in both 2015 and 2016, when daytime temperatures reached 13.1C. But the weather then was in reality little different to 1900, when Christmas Day hit 12.9C.
Really cold days, when temperatures were below 2C, have been very rare since records began in 1878, only occurring on 12 occasions.
Temperatures only stayed below freezing on 4 occasions, 1878, 1944, 1962 and 2010, the latter being the coldest day of all.