Daffodils in December for UK

Daffodils in bloom at the Olympic Park in London. (Frank Augstein, AP)
Daffodils in bloom at the Olympic Park in London. (Frank Augstein, AP)

London - Despite the beautiful lights and decorations, Christmas isn't exactly in the air in Britain, where unexpectedly mild temperatures are causing some daffodils to bloom and some ice rinks to suspend operations.

The Met Office forecasters say temperatures are expected to continue to be "exceptionally mild" in most of Britain. Weekend forecasts call for temperatures to approach 16°C. 

The warmish weather is causing problems for ski areas in Scotland and for the popular ice skating rinks in southern England and Wales.

Former competitive skater Alan Abretti, director of Cousins Entertainment, says the spring-like conditions have dampened the appetite for ice skating - and closed some rinks.

"We've all been affected," he said on Thursday. "It doesn't feel like Christmas."

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