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The UK cities most and least likely to see a white Christmas revealed

Met Office data from the past eight Christmas Days has been analysed to reveal which UK cities are most likely to see snowflakes on the big day.
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Brits desperate for a white Christmas should head for Scotland and the city of Stirling, which has the best chance of one, according to historical weather data. 

It shows that Scotland has a 7.3 per cent chance of snow on Christmas Day, England a 6.1 per cent chance, Northern Ireland 5.2, Wales 3.6 and Ireland just a 3.2 per cent chance. 

The Scottish cities most likely to see a white Christmas are Stirling, which has a 12.9 per cent chance, Aberdeen (12.5) and Inverness (11.3), though Bradford (10.48 per cent) isn't far behind.

Brits desperate for a white Christmas should head for Scotland and the city of Stirling (pictured), which has the best chance of one, according to historical weather data

At the other end of the scale, Truro (1.6 per cent), Swansea (2.4), Plymouth (2.4) and Exeter (2.4) are looking a little bit less likely.

For the big day to be defined as a white Christmas in the UK, it's necessary for 'one snowflake to be observed falling in the 24 hours of 25th December somewhere in the country'. 

This means that, even if there is a fabled white Christmas, it could be something of an underwhelming experience for Brits.

England has seen just 15 total days of snow across the past eight Decembers.

It could be worse for Brits, however - there are 127 countries in total who have a veritable 0 per cent chance of seeing snow, according to Vouchercloud.com, which compiled the results by looking at data from the past eight Christmas Days.

At the other end of the scale, Truro (1.6 per cent, pictured), Swansea (2.4), Plymouth (2.4) and Exeter (2.4) are looking a little bit less likely

THE CHANCES OF A WHITE CHRISTMAS IN UK CITIES 

Most likely

Stirling, Scotland - 12.9 per cent chance

Aberdeen - 12.5

Inverness - 11.29

Bradford - 10.48

Newry, Northern Ireland - 8.47

Carlisle - 8.47

Wolverhampton - 8.47

Birmingham - 8.06

Portsmouth - 8.06

Armagh - 7.66  

Least likely

Truro - 1.6

Exeter - 2.42

Plymouth - 2.42

Swansea - 2.42

Southampton - 3.23

Cardiff - 3.63

Chichester - 3.63

Newport - 4.03

Nottingham - 4.03

Winchester - 4.03  

Source: Met Office data compiled by Vouchercloud.com 

Chris Johnson, Head of Operations, commented: 'Christmas always has a way of filling us with a little bit more hope, a little bit more optimism. Hopefully these numbers don't dampen that spirit too much.

'Hopefully the predicted cold snap this winter will boost these chances, and we'll all see a picturesque Christmas Card setting.'

The Met Office has slashed odds on a white Christmas all across the UK, though many experts agree that you can only really offer accurate predictions up to a week in advance.   

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