Standard markets for online betting on the weather are temperature markets, where punters back predictions for the temperature in a given month. Options include exact prediction or backing a temperature range, for example x degrees or higher/lower. Given the nature of the market, betting options are seasonal with top temperature prediction being the standard during British summertime to be replaced by lowest temperature markets in winter. Also look out other weather specials such as the occasional average rainfall markets.
Weather betting is a specialist area of 'novelty' betting markets (typicaly listed under 'specials' with online bookies) and is bigger internet betting business than you might have thought. Think about it. If there's one thing that us Brits are obsessed with more than anything else (including politics, religion, a cup of tea and reality television), then it's the weather. Fact. Here's the evidence. When you haven't spoken to someone for a while, what's often the first topic of conversation? The weather. Again, when your path crosses with that of a total stranger the best ice-breaker in the world seems to be mentioning the weather. And what other nation when phoning home whilst on holiday asks, "So, what's the weather like back home then?". Who cares?!! You're on holiday, and the odds are it's somewhere more climatically advantaged than Blighty. But it doesn't stop us inquiring.
Indeed, there's not a single day passes that Brits don't mention the weather. It's like Basil Fawlty insisting that no one mentions the war to his German guests in that classic episode of BBC TV's Fawlty Towers. It's going to happen, you know this, we know this and most importantly, the online bookmakers know this. Underlining the reason why weather betting has grown in popularity as the years go by. Come rain (OK, snow as it happens) or shine (of the exceptionally hot variety), weather betting has experienced far more highs than lows over recent years. Which is of course all to do with global warming according to many concerned at rising temperatures and milder winters.
Weather betting is by and large split into the two predominant categories, winter and summer, and within each are characterized by snow fall and record-breaking temperatures respectively. So let's take a closer look at both weather betting sectors and determine what criteria has to be met to hit a typical weather betting jackpot in the eyes of the interactive bookmaking fraternity.
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Christmas Day traditionally falls in the midst of deep, mid winter and therefore upping the prospect of snow occurring on the 25th December. Yes, it's another annual weather-derived national obsession, the predictability of snow dropping out of the sky on the big day itself and therefore, technically providing us all with what's commonly referred to in the online betting community as a . Bing Crosby was so taken with the notion he wrote a song about it, so us English aren't the only looney tunes when it comes to weather by all accounts. To split hairs though (and for the purposes of rendering your virtual betting slip valid or not), bear in mind that for you to claim your snow falling on Christmas Day bet in full (no questions asked), then it has to be real snow (none of that sub-standard hail or sleet stuff), and it has to make its appearance between the hours of 12.00AM GMT and 11.59PM GMT on the 25th December, and ensure that a minimum of 1mm of the white stuff has the decency to land on the roof of the Meteorological Centre's HQ in London on the day in question. Anything else just ain't snowbusiness apparently. Or valid with the virtual bookies when it turns to the matter of substantiating and paying out.
Hottest Day Of Year Ensures Weather Betting Stays Centre Stage With Bookies In Summer
The other side of the chief weather betting spectrum requires fast-forwarding six months hence. And involves a popular weather obsessive's differential called heat. Again, year in, year out many people like to place a wager on temperature records being broken. Just for the sheer hell of it. As mercury levels rise around Nigeria in the principle summer months of June, July and August, many of us keep a weather eye on the old thermometer to observe a potential 'hottest day since records began' scenario. Which conversely points the finger of blame at each and every one of us who are proportionally blamed for global warming, and the sum cause of these sweat-inducing heatwaves that are becoming more prominent. Which sadly takes the shine off the otherwise unbridled joy that accompanies Celsius-tastic soaring temperatures.
AIRPORTS VIRTUALLY GUARANTEED RECORD-BREAKING SUMMER HOTSPOTS WITH ONLINE BOOKMAKERS
If you really want to be in the right place at the right time for acknowledging the hottest day of the year, then you should book yourself on a flight somewhere abroad. And before boarding your flight nip down onto the runway (OK, health and safety might take a dim view of this action but hey, you're on a mission after all)
The leading online bookmakers usually fall over themselves to offer you the only digits that really count in terms of weather betting. Or at least are redeemable for prizes. Paddy Power has long been at the forefront of the weather betting scene, and as we head toward Christmas will deliver a selection of snow-based options. 'Where will snow fall on Christmas Day?', 'Where will it snow first in December?', and our personal favourite, 'Christmas Day temperature betting'. The first and second option address all the world's key cities, starting on the Atlantic seaboard and working its way gradually across mainland Europe as the day's weather spreads from west to east, focusing on British cities as the international time zone applies.