This December could be the coldest in the UK’s history as polar air descends on the country, according to new odds.

The bookies have cut the odds from 6/1 to just 3/1 on next month being the coldest on record.

Towards the end of the week, heavy rain will give way to bone-chilling cold – with the mercury struggling to get above 0C in some parts.

Ladbrokes spokesman Alex Apati said: "We're strapping ourselves in for a bitter December with record-breaking temperatures potentially on the way."

Weather forecaster Exacta last week predicted the UK could see “some type of 100-year cold or snow records being breached this winter”.

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Yesterday morning, Coral announced it had seen a flurry of bets being placed on snow falling on the UK on Christmas Day.

It forced odds of a white Christmas to be slashed to 5/4, with London at 5/1, Aberdeen 5/2, Glasgow 3/1 and Manchester 4/1.

Though the Met Office does not expect record-breaking temperatures, the mercury is expected to dip below average next month.

From December 2-11, the south “could see temperatures below average for the time of year with some possible overnight frost developing”.

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The forecaster said in a statement: “Moving into December, the unsettled conditions across the north look likely to spread southwards bringing spells of rain or showers with some brighter interludes to most parts of the UK.”

Describing the rest of the month it added: “This period looks likely to bring outbreaks of rain interspersed with brighter spells and showers to most parts.

“Temperatures seem likely to remain around or rather below average for the time of year, especially in the north and northwest with a risk of snow across the Scottish mountains.”

Meanwhile, Storm Sebastien is set to lash Britain with heavy rain, sparking 95 flood alerts.

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The Met Office has issued two separate yellow weather warnings for Thursday, after the 900-mile-wide storm wreaked havoc today.

Parts of Scotland, North East England and Yorkshire are bracing for up to 40mm of rainfall.

More than half a month's of rainfall poured in parts of the UK today – as residents recover from widespread floods early this month.

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