Christmas not white – but it will be bright

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IF you’re thinking of getting your sledges out and enjoying snow over Christmas then think again.

Met Office weather experts say we’re in for a dry weekend – and a white Christmas is out of the question. Though Portsmouth will be hit by cold rain and showers for the rest of the week, mild air is on its way.

The air is travelling westerly from the Atlantic Ocean and will hit the city on Friday.

It will keep temperatures at 12C (53.6F) – above average for this time of the year – on Christmas Eve.

Spells of sunshine will also break on Christmas Day – which will come as a welcome relief to those looking to walk off their turkey dinners and mince pies.

During the night temperatures will dip to 8C (46.4F), but the chances of frost and snow remains slim. This time last year the region was blanketed by up to 4in (10cm) of snow and temperatures plummeted to below freezing.

Dan Williams, of The Met Office, said: ‘In terms of predicting the weather next week and into the New Year it’s still early days.

‘However it looks like the mild weather will continue. Christmas Day will be a great chance for everyone to get out and enjoy a walk. Temperatures will continue to remain on or above average.’