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UK Weather: Christmas 2016 Will Be The Warmest Day Ever Recorded

By Monica U Santos , Dec 11, 2016 09:05 PM EST
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The current warmest Christmas Days were recorded in Edinburgh in 1896 and Devon in 1920, both at 15.6C. This week’s rise in temperatures, which saw North Wales hit 17C, has increased hopes of a warm Christmas Day. Bookmakers are cutting their odds for Christmas Day being the warmest ever this year after December temperatures in parts of the UK hit 17C.

Christmas 2016 Will Be The Warmest Day Ever Recorded

According to DailyMial, as chances of festive snow fade, hopes have been raised that this Christmas Day could be the warmest on record. Bookmakers have reported a surge in bets on a record December 25 temperature after the recent mild weather. An expert claimed that temperatures are likely to be "below average with an increased risk of frost and fog".

Christmas Day 2016 has seen its odds slashed of entering the record books with Ladbrokes. In the last week, less than ten bets have been placed on any city in the UK waking up to a blanket of snow on Christmas morning. “At this time of year we are used to punters placing their bets on a white Christmas, but this year it is the complete opposite as bets pour in on the hottest one ever,” said Nicola McGeady, Public Relations Manager at Gala Coral Group.

Gala Coral Group Ltd is a British betting shop, bingo and casino operator formerly owned by private equity firms Candover Investments, Cinven and Permira. The Group headquarters are in Nottingham, Stratford, London, and Woking. The firm is offering odds of 16/1 for the record high temperature for December being broken this month.

Global Record On Warmer Days

The world is getting warmer. Whether the cause is human activity or natural variability—and the preponderance of evidence says it’s humans—thermometer readings all around the world have risen steadily since the beginning of the Industrial Revolution. In fact, globally, 2016 is predicted to be the warmest since temperatures began being measured in the 1950s.

The global temperature record represents an average over the entire surface of the planet. According to an ongoing temperature analysis conducted by scientists at NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS), the average global temperature on Earth has increased by about 0.8° Celsius (1.4° Fahrenheit) since 1880. Two-thirds of the warming has occurred since 1975, at a rate of roughly 0.15-0.20°C per decade.

NASA's GISS release a graph and a table analysis that illustrates the change in global surface temperature relative to 1951-1980 average temperatures. The 10 warmest years in the 136-year record all have occurred since 2000, with the exception of 1998. The year 2015 ranks as the warmest on record. And as they update it, people are expecting that 2016 will replace the throne of the year 2015 as the warmest year.

 

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