New Year

Bookmaker William Hill has released a wide selection of special bets for the new year. They range from the highly plausible — that X Factor winner Dalton Harris will have a number 1 single in 2019 is priced at 4/6 — to the almost inconceivable, such as the possibility that ITV will cancel its long-running soap opera Coronation Street, an event currently being offered at 100/1.

Some of the most popular options relate to those most British of obsessions: the weather, the Royal Family and Strictly Come Dancing.

Weather Bets

That the UK will have its hottest year on record is priced at 5/4. The odds of summer temperatures topping 100 degrees Fahrenheit (just under 38 degrees centigrade) are 8/1, with a 10/1 chance that the UK’s summer temperature record of 38.5 degrees will be exceeded in 2019.

However, it is currently thought more likely that the UK will have its wettest year on record (6/1) while the chance that it might snow in London on Easter Sunday is being given at 16/1.

Royal Bets

A fourth child for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge is priced at 2/1, the same odds given for Holly Willoughby continuing as I’m a Celebrity co-host. William Hill are offering 3/1 odds on the Queen abdicating at some point in 2019.

Strictly Bets

Hill is offering 5/2 on Strictly to witness its first same sex dancing couple.

There is also speculation on who might appear in next year’s series. Chris Evans is priced at 20/1 to win the competition, while the chances that Harry Redknapp decides to swap jungle for glitter ball are given at 33/1.

At 250/1, the longest odds of all the 2019 special bets, is Theresa May dancing her way into the nation’s affections by winning Strictly.