FESTIVE FORECAST: Wirral Christmas Weather & Transport

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Christmas Eve will be cold, windy, sunny and then showery at night. Christmas Day will be cold but sunny with chance of hail showers in the morning. Boxing day will have on and off showers throughout the day and night. 

The battle between warm and cold air that we have seen last week will be lost to colder air on Christmas Eve, which means colder temperatures and frosty nights for Christmas Day & Boxing Day. This doesn’t mean snow, it just means this colder air will bring colder daytime temperatures of around 7C, nightly lows of 1C and a mixture of sunny spells and light rain to areas on merseyside such as the Wirral. Cold winds will also make the feel like temperature feel a lot chillier than the actual temp.

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Christmas Eve colder air

Heres how the 3 days of christmas are looking so far for Wirral:

Christmas Eve

A largely dry day with just a few showers around, these perhaps turning wintry over the higher ground. Despite the sunny spells it will be colder than of late. Maximum Temperature 8C.

Day: Sunny Intervals with a chance of light rain showers, Windy. High: 8C. Wind Gust: 40mph. Night: Cloudy, Low: 7C

Christmas Day

Chilly to start with scattered showers. Becoming dry everywhere during the afternoon with plenty of sunshine, but feeling cold. Clear spells during the evening will lead to a widespread frost. Maximum Temperature 6C.

Day: Cold, Cloudy start, Chance of hail/rain showers in the morning. Turning bright and sunny early afternoon. High: 7C, Wind: 35mph. Night: Cloudy, Low: 2C

Boxing Day

Colder still to start Boxing Day, wet and windy weather arriving from the west later, lasting through Saturday.

Day: Cloudy start, light rain on and off throughout the rest of day. High: 5C Wind: 36mph. Night: Rain showers Low: 4C.

Snow Chance: It is possible that somewhere in the country sees some snowflakes falling on christmas day – the chances currently look highest for hills in the north.

Ladbrokes has cut the odds of snow on December 25, and is now offering 5/2 in Aberdeen, 3/1 in Glasgow, 4/1 in London and 5/1 in Birmingham.

The RAC expects the number of motorists to break down will increase by 20 per cent if we experience wintry conditions such snow and ice.

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A mild end to december would mean 2014 is shaping up to be the warmest ever.

The UK’s mean temperature from the beginning of January to late November is 1.6C above the long-term average, making it the warmest in records dating back to 1910, according to the Met Office.

A wet December would also mean the wettest year ever.

It already has been one of the wettest year’s for the UK on record, with 1162 mm of rain between 1 January and 25 November. Average rainfall in December would make 2014 the fourth wettest year in records dating back to 1910. But a very wet month could still break the UK record set in 2000 of 1337 mm.

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Wirral Christmas Transport

Tunnels:

The Queensway (Birkenhead) Mersey Tunnel will be closed from 10pm on Christmas Eve until 6:30am on Boxing Day. The Kingsway (Wallasey) Mersey Tunnel will remain open.

Trains:

Train services finish early on Christmas Eve
No trains run on Christmas Day
No trains run on Boxing Day
Train services finish early on New Year’s Eve
Trains will run to a Sunday timetable on New Years Day

Last Trains

From Liverpool: Departing at:

West Kirby 8:01pm
New Brighton 8:23pm

From Moorfields to: Departing at:

West Kirby 8:31pm
New Brighton 8:46pm
Chester 8:41pm
Ellesmere Port 8:27pm
Birkenhead Central 8:56pm

Free christmas day hospital busses:

110X between New Brighton, Liscard, Birkenhead, Bebington and Clatterbridge Hospital.

118X between New Brighton, Liscard, Beechwood, Arrowe Park Hospital, Bebington, Bromborough and Mill Park.

Read a list of your free merseytravel Christmas Day busses here.

Ferries:

Christmas Eve:

normal service with an early finish. The last ferry will depart Pier Head at 3pm, arriving at Seacombe 3:20pm, Woodside 3:30pm and finishing at Pier Head at 3:50pm.

Christmas Day:

No ferries will run.

Boxing Day:

No ferries will run

Keep checking back on this page for the latest updates on the Christmas week weather.

Check out this video from when the wirral was brought to a standstill in 2010. The region saw one of the heaviest snowfalls since records began:

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