Bookies slash odds on white Easter

A man shelters from falling snow in a doorway on the Strand, earlier this month Photo: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

The odds of snow falling on London at Easter have been slashed by bookmakers.

William Hill have halved the odds on a white Easter in the capital from 10/1 to 5/1.

Rupert Adams, William Hill spokesman, said: "Many forecasters have suggested that the end of winter is getting later and later and the latest odds suggest that a white Easter is a distinct possibility,"

Some of the other weather-related bets being offered:

  • Parliament Closed by Health & Safety because of Snow or Ice Before End Of April 30th: 20/1

  • Big Ben To Fail To Chime for weather reasons before end of April 30th: 50/1

A bicycle in the snow near Hampstead Heath Credit: Matt Crossick/Empics Entertainment

Big Ben and the weather

The famous clock has only very rarely been affected by the weather.

Big Ben was slowed down by snow on one of the clock hands, causing it to ring in the New Year ten minutes late in 1962.

And in May 2005, it ground to a halt for more than an hour and a half, probably because of hot weather, as the temperature in London reached 31.8 degrees Celsius.

The latest weather forecast for London: