No white Christmas for London this year; city to welcome green Christmas: meteorologist

London is looking at a high of 1 C with a mix of sun and cloud on Christmas Day. Luke MacGregor/Bloomberg

Londoners dreaming of a white Christmas are in for a rude awakening.

The city is expecting a green Christmas instead, with temperatures above zero all week, along with quite a bit of sunshine.

“Christmas day high, we’re looking at around a high of plus-one [with] a mix of sun and cloud,” according to Robert Kuhn, a severe weather meteorologist with Environment Canada.

Kuhn adds Londoners can expect a “quiet” holiday on Dec. 25 as little to no snow will remain on the ground.

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London is no stranger to green Christmases.

According to the meteorologist, 2016 was fairly green, but 2017 and 2018 saw a bit of snow.

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Kuhn says future Christmases will likely take turns between green and white.

“In 15, 20, 25 years, [London] is going to see more variability in temperatures and big swings, so some Christmases will wind up being green, some will be white. Our stats are getting pretty close to 50/50.”
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“Motorists should be prepared: it’s not summer.”

Despite a lack of precipitation, Kuhn is reminding commuters to remain cautious when travelling.

“You can get sections on the road that could be damp… [It] could be icy,” he says.

“You’re not going to be guaranteed at all the side streets will be completely clear of snow and ice, even if it’s been mild for a few days.”

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As of Monday morning, Environment Canada is predicting a chance of showers on Boxing Day with a high of 9 C.

Skies are forecast to be mainly sunny and dry before then.