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William Hill Expects Warm Weather over Christmas

Bookmakers are offering fantastic odds that this Christmas will be the warmest on record with temperatures easily exceeding the previous two records. William Hill are offering odds of 3 – 1 for the warmest day anywhere in the UK expecting temperatures to beat the 15.6C recorded in 1896 in Leith and 1920 in Killerton, Devon.

The bookmakers are sure that it will be a warm Christmas, but this does mean that their festival at Kempton Park should be a fantastic event.

This year’s weather is in stark contrast to last year’s when Bradford was brought to a stop by temperatures as low as minus 10C and extremely heavy snowfall.

Some bookmakers are so sure that the temperature will not drop below freezing that they have offered odds of 200-1. Across some of the UK odds for a white Christmas are at 6 – 1 and now most odds are at 16 -1.

William Hill spokesman, Joe Crilley, said that they are expecting this Christmas to be “a bit of a scorcher”. At the same time the William Hill Winter Festival at Kempton Park is shaping up to be a great event. Thanks to the mild weather it is expected to draw huge crowds on the 26th and 27th of December.

The event is famous for the King George VI Chase which last year was won by Long Run, defeating Kauto Star who had won the previous four events.

Over the course of two days 12 thrilling horse races will take place and the festival is expected to draw crowds of over 30,000 people. With Kauto Star and Long Run both confirmed to run the excitement has been building steadily over the last few weeks.

Because of poor weather last year, the 2010 event actually took place in January of this year, therefore, if Long Run can repeat his victory he will become the first horse to win two King George’s and a Cheltenham Gold Cup within the same calendar year.

OCA News Editor

Jenny McKinnley is OCA’s financial correspondent. After spending years on the trading floor in both NY and London, she offers insight from the inside out on world financial news and events.