Any hopes of a white Christmas have been dashed after forecasters have predicted a wet and mild festive period.
There will be a sprinkling of showers in most of the UK over the next few days with some bright spells, according to the Met Office.
However, it will be more unsettled in the north and heavy rain and wind is expected in most of the country tonight.
Christmas Eve is set to be cloudy but mild meaning it won’t be the most ideal weather for Father Christmas and his reindeer as they deliver presents.
But on Christmas Day it is set to perk up, while Boxing Day will be a similar story and although cloudy, there will be opportunity to dodge the showers if you’re planning a country walk.
"We can rule out a white Christmas," said Richard Miles from the Met Office.
"It’s going to be mild and wet but there will be bright spells.
"It’s a really typical December but mild for this time of the year.
"Christmas Day and Monday will be settled in the south with some mist. It will be chilly in the north but clearer.
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"On Boxing Day it will be mostly dry with some drizzle."
Meanwhile, farmers battled hard to bring Christmas dinner to our tables this year – due to the heatwave’s effect on crops and livestock, according to experts.
The baking summer caused problems for staple foods and festive favourites alike such as turkey, pigs in blankets and carrots.
Potatoes were planted late this year, carrots struggled to grow in the 25C heat and wilted, and the hot temperatures also made turkeys lose their appetites, while pigs needed extra help with cooling down.
But do not worry about Christmas pudding, as many of the ingredients – mixed dried fruit, nuts and rum – are imported so it looks as if this festive favourite has escaped the extreme UK weather.
Dr Nicola Cannon, principal lecturer in agronomy at the Royal Agricultural University in Gloucestershire, said: "If you sit down to a Christmas lunch, please think about the complex issues farmers deal with to bring this special meal to your table."
Five day weather forecast
A bright and breezy day with many places staying dry. The odd shower is possible, although in parts of Northern Ireland and western Scotland they may be quite frequent.
Sunday will be grey and wet for many, although a dry and bright day in Scotland.
Monday looks to be quite mild and cloudy, perhaps with light rain.
Should be bright in the north and east, though there could be a touch of frost and any morning fog patches may be slow to clear.
Further south and west it will be mild and cloudy; the cloud should gradually spread northeastwards.
It should be mostly dry with only a little drizzly rain in the west.
The 26th is also looking largely settled but cloudy for many with rain likely for the far north. It should stay often dry through the end of December and into 2019, especially in the south.
Further north it may become more changeable with showers or longer spells of rain, which may spread further south at times. Whilst temperatures will be around average, some overnight frosts are possible in any clearer spells.
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