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Standard markets for online betting on the weather are temperature markets, where punters back predictions for the temperature in a given month. Options include exact prediction or backing a temperature range, for example x degrees or higher/lower. Given the nature of the market, betting options are seasonal with top temperature prediction being the standard during British summertime to be replaced by lowest temperature markets in winter. Also look out other weather specials such as the occasional average rainfall markets.

Weather betting is a specialist area of 'novelty' betting markets (typicaly listed under 'specials' with online bookies) and is bigger internet betting business than you might have thought. Think about it. If there's one thing that us Brits are obsessed with more than anything else (including politics, religion, a cup of tea and reality television), then it's the weather. Fact. Here's the evidence. When you haven't spoken to someone for a while, what's often the first topic of conversation? The weather. Again, when your path crosses with that of a total stranger the best ice-breaker in the world seems to be mentioning the weather. And what other nation when phoning home whilst on holiday asks, "So, what's the weather like back home then?". Who cares?!! You're on holiday, and the odds are it's somewhere more climatically advantaged than Blighty. But it doesn't stop us inquiring.

Average rainfall charts and associated statistics as a result have become a greater focus of many peoples lives, as well as the subject of our weather never being far away from popular culture. You only have to consider the mere mention of Manchester, situated in the north west of England, which is historically linked with bad weather. According to great rafts of its denizens, the city is nearly always bearing the brunt of unseasonal downpours. So much so that professional Mancunians (especially their home-grown comedians) eternally bemoan the underlying fact that it's always raining in Manchester. A supposed myth that is essentially very hard to dispel when looking retrospectively at subsequent weather charts.

Indeed, there's not a single day passes that Brits don't mention the weather. It's like Basil Fawlty insisting that no one mentions the war to his German guests in that classic episode of BBC TV's Fawlty Towers. It's going to happen, you know this, we know this and most importantly, the online bookmakers know this. Underlining the reason why weather betting has grown in popularity as the years go by. Come rain (OK, snow as it happens) or shine (of the exceptionally hot variety), weather betting has experienced far more highs than lows over recent years. Which is of course all to do with global warming according to many concerned at rising temperatures and milder winters.

Weather betting is by and large split into the two predominant categories, winter and summer, and within each are characterized by snow fall and record-breaking temperatures respectively. So let's take a closer look at both weather betting sectors and determine what criteria has to be met to hit a typical weather betting jackpot in the eyes of the interactive bookmaking fraternity.

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Christmas Day traditionally falls in the midst of deep, mid winter and therefore upping the prospect of snow occurring on the 25th December. Yes, it's another annual weather-derived national obsession, the predictability of snow dropping out of the sky on the big day itself and therefore, technically providing us all with what's commonly referred to in the online betting community as a . Bing Crosby was so taken with the notion he wrote a song about it, so us English aren't the only looney tunes when it comes to weather by all accounts. To split hairs though (and for the purposes of rendering your virtual betting slip valid or not), bear in mind that for you to claim your snow falling on Christmas Day bet in full (no questions asked), then it has to be real snow (none of that sub-standard hail or sleet stuff), and it has to make its appearance between the hours of 12.00AM GMT and 11.59PM GMT on the 25th December, and ensure that a minimum of 1mm of the white stuff has the decency to land on the roof of the Meteorological Centre's HQ in London on the day in question. Anything else just ain't snowbusiness apparently. Or valid with the virtual bookies when it turns to the matter of substantiating and paying out.

Hottest Day Of Year Ensures Weather Betting Stays Centre Stage With Bookies In Summer

The other side of the chief weather betting spectrum requires fast-forwarding six months hence. And involves a popular weather obsessive's differential called heat. Again, year in, year out many British like to place a wager on temperature records being broken. Just for the sheer hell of it. As mercury levels rise around the UK in the principle summer months of June, July and August, many of us keep a weather eye on the old thermometer to observe a potential 'hottest day since records began' scenario. Which conversely points the finger of blame at each and every one of us who are proportionally blamed for global warming, and the sum cause of these sweat-inducing heatwaves that are becoming more prominent. Well, in the south east of England that is. Which sadly takes the shine off the otherwise unbridled joy that accompanies Celsius-tastic soaring temperatures.

UK Airports Virtually Guaranteed Record-Breaking Summer Hotspots With Online Bookmakers

If you really want to be in the right place at the right time for acknowledging the hottest day of the year, then you should book yourself on a flight somewhere abroad. And before boarding your flight nip down onto the runway (OK, health and safety might take a dim view of this action but hey, you're on a mission after all) and take in the positively balmy British summertime air. We're not kidding. As to a figure, every year for as long as we can remember its one of the UK's southern most airports that officially enter the record books as being the hottest place in the country.

The leading online bookmakers usually fall over themselves to offer you the only digits that really count in terms of weather betting. Or at least are redeemable for prizes. Paddy Power has long been at the forefront of the weather betting scene, and as we head toward Christmas will deliver a selection of snow-based options. 'Where will snow fall on Christmas Day?', 'Where will it snow first in December?', and our personal favourite, 'Christmas Day temperature betting'. The first and second option address all the world's key cities, starting on the Atlantic seaboard and working its way gradually across mainland Europe as the day's weather spreads from west to east, focusing on British cities as the international time zone applies.

Big Ben And River Thames Freezing Over Popular UK Weather Betting Markets

In terms of Christmas Day temperature betting, and this is where the really interesting facts and figures come into play. Did you know that the lowest temperature in England stands at -26.1 C, and was recorded on January 10th 1982 in Shropshire, and the chances of that chilly temperature being bettered on Xmas Day itself is a 40 - 1 shot? At the other end of the weather betting scale, and the warmest Christmas Day captured since records like this began was in Kilerton in Devon in 1920, and was a pleasant 15.6 C, and again stands as the exacting figure to beat today, with Paddy Power offering odds of 25 - 1. Yet the weather+maths=fun equation takes over when attempting to predict such mental picture-painting thoughts as 'will Big Ben stop working due to frost?' (66 - 1 possibility) and 'Will the River Thames freeze over and will people ice-skate across it on Christmas Day as a result?' (150 - 1). It's this sort of whimsy that reinforces the stereotype that (for want of a better word) we are 'obsessed' with the weather.

However when all's said and done, the British weather is notoriously difficult to gage from one moment to the next, just ask famed (yet haphazard) BBC weather bloke Michael Fish who back in 1987 infamously predicted nothing untoward would happen climatically-speaking, only a matter of hours before one of the worst storms on UK record ravaged the south east of England. Which might have lead some people to give the whole forecasting lark a go themselves, as there are many alternative ways in which to predict the weather, and which some folk swear by; and have something to do with the turning of the tides. In effect a by-product of the sea is used by many nature fans to determine whether the weather's going to be half decent or not. Seaweed for example can give us physical clues as to if and when meteorological conditions are set to change, depending on the feel and predominant texture of the seaweed itself. Don't mock. There's stranger things out there.