Will it be a white Christmas in the UK this year and when was the last one?

Here's the latest on the Christmas Day weather.

When was the UK's last white Christmas?

At least one snowflake has to fall somewhere in the UK on December 25 for it to be classed as a white Christmas.

Snow which has fallen earlier in December and is still on the ground may look pretty – but it won't count with the bookies.

Our last white Christmas was in 2010, when snow or sleet fell at 19 per cent of stations, according to the Met Office.

However the south of England has not seen snow on Christmas Day since 2004.

What were the odds of snow falling on this year's Christmas Day?

At least one snowflake has fallen on Christmas Day 38 times in the last 55 years.

This means, statistically, we can expect to see a white Christmas at least once every two years.

But the white Christmas of our imaginations, where there are layers of snow covering the ground, is much more rare.

The Met Office say it's difficult to accurately predict snow until five days beforehand.

Bookmaker Coral has slashed its odds to 6/4 for 2018-19 to be the coldest winter since records began.

That is based on reports that El Nino may trigger ice storms in the Northern Hemisphere at the start of December, reported The Week.

El Nino is a warm weather system that results from rising water surface temperatures in the central and east-central Equatorial Pacific.

It's linked to colder than average winter weather elsewhere in the world.

Skybet is offering 2/1 odds on a white Christmas in Glasgow, 5/2 in Belfast, and 3/1 in London and Cardiff.

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