Countryfile: Weather 'too unpredictable' to forecast Christmas
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Matt Baker was back to front the festive special of Countryfile on Sunday evening alongside the likes of Adam Henson and Charlotte Smith. The BBC presenters had plenty to get through, from Christmas wreath making to a look into how refugees from around the world have settled in the countryside. However, it was an out of the ordinary weather forecast from Darren Bett which had viewers at home talking.
With Christmas now less than a week away, Countryfile viewers were keen to learn what the big day’s weather would look like.
Whether the UK would see a “white Christmas” with snow is a question on everyone’s lips each and Darren did his best to provide an update.
On the upcoming Wednesday, Darren warned a “battle” would be taking place as milder air comes in from the Atlantic while colder air approaches from the east.
As a result, Darren admitted there would therefore be “a threat of rain and maybe some snow” heading into Thursday.
He did go on to admit that the potentially snowier conditions were more likely to hit northern England and Scotland, however.
However, December 25 was somewhat of an inconclusive story as Darren admitted: “Now as we move further into the week and unfortunately closer to Christmas, there’s huge amounts of uncertainty.
“It’s possible that the low pressure and the milder air will slide to the south of the UK and that colder air is going to be dominant.”
As an image of the forecast popped on-screen, Darren warned viewers not to take the pictures as gospel, however.
“If that’s the case, this is what Christmas Eve will look like,” he explained.
“Many places will be dry with a few wintery showers coming into northern areas with that northerly wind pushing and bringing colder air.
“The trouble is other models look totally different.”
Delving into the mixed results, Darren went on: “With wetter weather more widely across the UK and the threat of some snow as well.”
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In the end, the weather expert admitted there would be little point trying to confirm what the conditions on Christmas Day would look like.
He told viewers: “So, I’d love to show you the forecast for Christmas Day but there’s just too much uncertainty and it’s probably not worth it. That’s it, goodbye.”
And it didn’t take long for confused and baffled Countryfile viewers to share their thoughts on the report.
Twitter user @Mikeh60882356 said: “#countryfile basically then that forecast was a waste of b****y time.”
David King echoed Darren’s point: “Huge amounts of uncertainty #notaclue #countryfile.”
While @mr_chambers_ sarcastically weighed in: “This weeks weather will mainly be winter… #countryfile.”
“#countryfile Christmas will be cold,” Steve McCroskey bluntly added while Sorel Arrow commented: “#countryfile Basically they don’t have a scooby doo what the weather’s going to be like over Christmas.”
And @PolygoniaSpec wasn’t impressed as they added: “There’s already been uncertainty for the last 2 or three days. Local BBC Weather forecast giving a low overnight temperature of 3 to 5C, whilst temperature inside my greenhouse has been below feezing! #countryfile.” (sic)
Countryfile airs Sundays on BBC One.
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