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 Wednesday, 25 December, 2002, 20:30 GMT
Punters penniless as snow fails to fall
Snowy hilltop
Last year's snowfall failed to reappear
Unseasonably warm weather has saved bookmakers a small fortune from those betting on a white Christmas Day.

William Hill had lengthened the odds of a white Christmas to 50/1.

But temperatures about 5C higher than they normally are at this time of year stopped the bookmakers paying out for the fourth time in seven years.

The unusually warm Christmas day saved the firm 100,000.

Girls Aloud
Girls Aloud are 6/1 to have another Christmas number one
Britons determined to enjoy snow over the festive period would have to travel as far as Oslo or Moscow, which are in the grip of a bitter cold spell.

But William Hill was ready to pay out on a wet Christmas, a 4/6 shot, and a warm one at 3/1 for the temperature to reach 13C in London, Cardiff and Glasgow.

The company is already offering 6/1 against snow falling in those three cities on Christmas Day 2003.

And it is already offering the same odds against Girls Aloud landing the UK's Christmas number one single next year.

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