18th December - Today's News: Mild Forecast Dashes Hopes of a White Christmas

Now it's so warm seasonal ice rinks across the country are melting as bookies slash odds on it being Britain's hottest Christmas ever and will this be the warmest Christmas ever for Ireland?- too soon to say whether it will be, but more record high temperatures are expected before the year's end and there's not the slightest hint of a frost for much of the British Isles, let alone snow.  In parts of the US too, warmest Christmas in living memory possible as 'blowtorch' weather pattern likely in the East, Midwest .  And even in Austria, mild temperatures dash white Christmas hopes

 and that trend looks like continung with 2016 set to be hottest year on record globally, beating what looks set to be the 2015 record. 

And it's a tropical start to Scotland's latest avalanche season

So, December weather: Why is it so mild?


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