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It's going to be a wet Christmas.

DREAMS of a white Christmas in Birmingham are melting away as temperatures are set to remain at around 8C over the festive period.

And while last minute shoppers can expect a soggy surge for presents over the weekend, forecasters expect Birmingham to brighten up as families tuck into their turkey next week.

Charlie Powell, MS et Office forecaster, predicted the recent wet weather would continue in varying degrees until Sunday afternoon while temperatures remain at around 11 or 12oC.

A Yellow weather warning will remain in place across the Midlands today as further rain onto already wet grS ound increases the risk of flooding.

However as Christmas rolls around the weather front drenching the Midlands, and the rest of the UK, will move away leaving bright, but not snow-filled skies.

Mr Powell, asked if Brum would be covered in snow for Christmas, said: "I don't think so. Anything wintery will probably be confined to the far north and parts of Scotland."

As the great Christmas escape began yesterday many motorists faced frustrating journeys on the M6 through Walsall as a combination of heavy traffic and roadworks caused hold ups.

In London a combination of rail failures caused chaos for travellers heading to Heathrow and Gatwick airports.

A spokesman for Birmingham Airport said nearly a quarter of a million people would pass through over the two week holiday period with the busiest day expected to be December 30, when around 10,000 people will jet off to visit loved ones or hit the ski slopes."


In deep: It's tough going in Scotland.

Great escape: The M6 near Walsall is chockablock yesterday morning.
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Publication:Birmingham Mail (England)
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Date:Dec 22, 2012
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