Weather forecast UK LIVE – Met Office snow warnings as 20in to cover Britain next weekend amid brutal -7C Arctic chill

Weather forecast UK LIVE – Met Office snow warnings as 20in to cover Britain next weekend amid brutal -7C Arctic chill

November 24, 2021

BRITAIN is bracing for an “Arctic plunge” as a ten-day chill is set to sweep through the country from today.

Snow is forecast up and down the UK with the cold creeping in over the weekend which comes with lows of -7C. Lows of -7C are expected later next week when ice and frost start to sweep across the country.

Meanwhile, the Met Office has said shots of Arctic air will hit our shores this week – "meaning much colder and wetter weather".

The weather agency tweeted: "Are you noticing the change in temperature? Several shots of Arctic air are on the way to the UK later this week as the jet stream dips southwards bringing much #colder and wetter weather.

"Strong #winds may bring some disruption by the weekend with #snow possible in places."

Read our weather live blog for the latest forecasts and updates…

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    Weather outlook for Friday – Sunday

    Looking ahead to thw latter part of this week, there will be "rain will clear on Friday, severe-gales and wintry-showers following by Saturday", the Met Office predicts.

    "Snow possible almost anywhere, but only settling on hills. Frosty nights," it added.

    "Fine start Sunday, wet later in the west."

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    Met Office forecast for this evening

    The Met Office has given a summary of what to expect from the weather this evening and in to early morning.

    Accoeding to the weather agency, "cloud and outbreaks of rain over parts of England and Wales become confined to the far southeast of England by dawn".

    It added: "Clear spells follow, but also some showers, mainly in the north where showers wintry. Windy in the far north."

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    Weather is starting to turn colder

    The Met Office tweeted: "It's turning colder over the next few days.

    "Very cold air will sweep south behind a cold front on Friday.

    "Snow will be mostly restricted to higher ground in the north at first, but as the #freezing levels drop, some #snow may fall to lower levels in places."

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    White Christmas odds slashed by bookies

    LADBROKES HAVE SLASHED ODDS on the UK waking up to a White Christmas.

    With the white stuff set to fall in London this weekend, the bookies have now cut odds from 10/11 to just 4/5 on any part of the UK seeing snow on Christmas Day.

    Alex Apati of Ladbrokes said: "Brits look set to see snow over the next few days and there'll be plenty more of the white stuff on the way throughout December if the latest odds are anything to go by."

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    Kwasi Kwarteng on Ofgem court application

    Ofgem has applied to the court to appoint energy administrators for Bulb, business secretary Kwasi Kwarteng has said.

    Answering an urgent question from shadow business and energy secretary Ed Miliband on the Bulb Energy administration, he told MPs: "Last week Bulb informed the Government and Ofgem that they would be leaving the market.

    "Ofgem has advised that the supplier of last resort process is not viable for Bulb because of the size of its customer book. Ofgem has with my consent applied to the court to appoint energy administrators.

    "If appointed by the court, the administrators will continue operating Bulb under what is called the special administration regime set out clearly in legislation. We will update the House once the court has made its determination."

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    Ofgem submits court request to appoint special administrator

    Energy regulator Ofgem has submitted a court application to appoint a special administrator for Bulb, one of the UK's biggest energy suppliers.

    The regulator said: "Ofgem has applied to the court to appoint a special administrator to run Bulb Energy Limited.

    "Customers of Bulb do not need to worry. If a special administrator is appointed, they will see no disruption to their supply, their price plan will remain the same and any outstanding credit balances, including money owed to customers who have recently switched, will be honoured."

    The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy said: "Energy regulator Ofgem, with the Government's consent, has made an application to the court. We do not comment on ongoing court proceedings.

    "The Special Administration Regime is long-standing, well-established mechanism to protect energy consumers and ensure continued energy supply when a supplier fails."

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    Labour says energy supplier situation 'is a Government crisis'

    Ed Miliband claimed the energy supplier situation was a Government "crisis".

    He said: "We've seen a failure of policy over a decade, a failure of regulation. The Government making the cost-of-living crisis worse. Isn't the truth this Government cannot be the answer to this energy crisis because it is their crisis and it's businesses and families who are paying the price."

    Responding, Mr Kwarteng said: "Just as a point of fact, the number is actually 22 companies not 18… actually that shows the incredible resilience of the systems that we have in place."

    He added: "In terms of regulation Ofgem have launched a review looking at the retail market and how it operates, and that's something which I will be studying very closely and directly involved with."

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    Explained: What do I do while I wait for a new supplier?

    The best thing to do is to sit tight and wait for Ofgem to give you a new supplier – DO NOT try to switch as you will be worse off.

    In the meantime take meter readings and wait for your new supplier to contact you in a few weeks’ time – so you know exactly what you have used ahead of getting any new bill.

    You can switch when your new provider confirms your account details.

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    Your booster jab explained

    Boosters slash people’s Covid risk by two thirds and have set cases falling after they hit record levels in October.

    Having your booster also means lowering the risk of the NHS becoming overwhelmed this winter.

    Mass testing shows people given a third dose are 62 per cent less likely to get Covid than the double-jabbed.

    And since the rollout kicked in last month, England’s infection rate has dropped from 1.72 per cent to 1.57 per cent.

    Health officials have urged those who are eligible to get a third dose this winter to stop a third wave of the virus and making this winter as much of a misery as last year’s.

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    Experts reveal how snow can ruin your property

    With temperatures due to plummet and heavy snow forecast starting from next week, experts at Roofing Megastore have warned against how the snow can damage your property if it is not cleared correctly from your roof.

    • Sagging ceiling boards: A ceiling sagging under the pressure of weight above is a sure sign your roof is carrying more than it can handle. Outside of heavy snow fall, this could indicate the beams are old and need replacing, or that they’re suffering from rot.
    • Strange noises: If you hear strange noises coming from above, particularly creaking, this could mean that the beams and rafters in your roof space are under excessive pressure, and may be starting to get damaged. Pay close attention and look out for cracks or other obvious signs of wear.
    • Cracks in the walls and roof: A roof doesn’t collapse all at once, and many of the warning signs won’t just be apparent in your roof space. If you begin to see cracks and crevices appearing in your walls, then the structure above is suffering under excess weight, and it may be time to act and remove snow from your roof.
    • Roof leaks: Another clear sign that you need to take action is a leaking roof. A roof covered with too much snow will become warped and cracked, allowing snow to drift into interior components of your roof space. As the snow melts, it can leak into the spaces below.
    • Doors and windows: Are your doors and windows not shutting into their frames properly, or are you perhaps struggling to open them? Whilst this is more commonly due to the cold weather, it could be a sign that the frames have become warped, excessively strained by the weight on snow on the roof above.”

    Check your boiler

    An estimated 100,000 homes may need vital boiler checks, repairs and maintenance over the next two weeks, British Gas has estimated.

    The firm says the next few weeks will be crucial as Jack Frost comes to visit.

    Joanna Flowers, a British Gas service and repair engineer, said: “The next couple of weeks could be the first test for many households’ heating systems this year.

    “We know that having no heating or hot water is people’s worst winter nightmare in the home, so rather wait for the cold weather to set in before finding out something’s not working as it should be, we’re advising households to prepare now. 

    “Looking after your boiler is key, as well as making a few small changes around the home to ensure the rest of your heating and hot water system is working effectively and efficiently. And remember, a heating system that’s in good shape also won’t use more energy than it needs – which will help keep your bills down.”

    Explained: Energy suppliers who have gone bust (continued)

    • Pure Planet (October 13)
    • Colorado Energy (October 13)
    • Daligas (October 14)
    • GOTO Energy (October 18)
    • Bluegreen Energy Services Limited (November 1)
    • Ampoweruk (November 2)
    • Zebra Power (November 2)
    • MA Energy (November 2)
    • Omni Energy (November 2)
    • CNG Energy (November 3)
    • Social Energy Supply (November 16)
    • Neon Reef (November 16)
    • Bulb Energy (November 22)

    Explained: Which energy suppliers have gone bust in 2021?

    • Simplicity Energy (January 27)
    • Green Network Energy (January 27)
    • HUB Energy (August 9)
    • PFP Energy (September 7)
    • MoneyPlus Energy (September 7)
    • Utility Point (September 14)
    • People’s Energy (September 14)
    • Green (September 22)
    • Avro Energy (September 22)
    • Igloo Energy (September 29)
    • Symbio Energy (September 29)
    • ENSTROGA (September 29)

    Explained: Will my energy bills get even higher?

    Most consumers aren't immediately affected by the collapse of their energy supplier.

    But with the UK energy sector set to lose 11 more competitors this winter alone, price hikes could soon bite.

    The market shock adds to the cost of living crisis already suffered by millions of Brit consumers.

    Inflation affecting everyday items such as bread and petrol has had a knock-on impact in the energy sector.

    Smaller firms such as Neon Reef and GOTO were unable to survive the impact of higher wholesale gas prices.

    Clive Black, a retail analyst at Shore Capital, told us things are only going to get worse – and it's also having a knock-on effect on other industries.

    On the road…

    Just because the weather is bad, doesn't mean your life has to stop.

    Halfords Motoring Director, Richard Bruce shares his advice on how to prepare vehicles for winter weather.

    Richard said: “Before starting a journey, the first check should always be your petrol levels as no one wants to be left stranded in the freezing cold! If your tank is running low, make sure you know exactly where you can fill up on the way to avoid getting stuck.

    “You should also make sure to check your wipers and lights for signs of wear and tear or malfunction before you set off. Any damage to them will affect the car’s performance, and hinder the safety of anyone in the car for the duration of your journey.

    “Colder weather can impact battery health, so it’s always a good idea to get yours checked when the winter months roll around. Halfords’ Free Battery Health Check will inform you of your battery’s key health indicators, including its charging and ‘cranking’ capabilities, so you can leave the check with the reassurance that yours is in good working order.

    “Tyres are another part of the car that can be impacted by the cold weather,  so give yours a good check to make sure they are well inflated with good tread. The minimum tread depth is 1.6mm and as well as being a safety risk  you could incur a hefty fine if they don’t meet the minimum requirements.”

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      How to prepare for a flood

      • If you're about to be flooded: Check the National Flood Forum or speak to a Floodline adviser to find out how to stay safe during a flood.
      • You can check if there’s currently a flood warning in your area.
      • Contact your local council to find out where to get sandbags. You can also get them from some DIY or building supplies shops.
      • If you need to travel – Check flood warnings and road travel information.
      • Get advice from the National Flood Forum about how to protect your property and how much this will cost
      • Make a personal flood plan for your home, business or community building
      • Get insurance advice from the National Flood Forum
      • Collect evidence of flood risks – such as completing a Flood Risk Report

      Beware the flood…(continued)

      Ministers have vowed a huge £5.1billion government investment to better protect another 336,000 properties.

      Will Lang, Head of Civil Contingencies at the Met Office said: "Winters in the UK usually includes a wide variety of weather and this winter looks to be no exception. 

      "However, when looking at the big global drivers that impact weather in the UK there are indications this winter could be wetter than normal."

      Caroline Douglass, Executive Director of Flooding at the Environment Agency, added: “Now is the time for us all to be vigilant, not complacent, about flooding."

      Beware the flood…

      Britain is set for more disastrous floods this winter – and two in three households at risk don't think it'll happen to them.

      More than 1.5million people are unprepared for the chaos to come as expert forecasters at the Met Office predict an above average rainfall is more likely in the next three months.

      A cold snap, heavy wind and extra rainfall are on the way as the Environment Agency sounds the alarm bell for the 5.2million who are at risk in England to get ready now.

      And there's a 30 per cent chance this winter will be more wet than average, Met chiefs say.

      Flood defences have already saved 200,000 properties from getting flooded since 2019, but every year thousands are still caught out.

      Explained: How to figure out what energy you are using

      The cold has us all turning up the heaters in our home and taking extra warm showers.

      But that also means that energy bills are sky rocketing, and people will be looking to see how they can save money by cutting down on appliance use.

      Some may even want to look at alternative heat sources like log burner and electric heaters – but beware of the hidden cost.

      Here’s the equation you use to work out how much your devices are costing you:

      Cost = power (kilowatt) x cost of one kWh (pence) x the length of time (just the one off meal, or over a week or month.)

      How to get rid of snow from your roof yourself

      If you want to remove the snow yourself, instead of calling a professional, the experts at Roofing Megastore provided the following tips:

      1. The best way to get rid of snow on your roof is with a snow rake, which can be used to drag snow off the roof from ground level – far safer than working at height.

      2. If you don’t have a snow rake, do not use metal tools, as these can damage roofing materials.

      3. Work your way down from the roof ridge (the highest point), leaving a few inches of snow instead of scraping your roof clean to minimise the risk of damage.

      4. Be careful where you move the snow, do not drop any in front of doorways, and don’t pile snow anywhere on the roof, even if you’re going to remove it later.

      5. Lastly, only remove snow from your roof when it’s safe for you to do so. You always have the option to call a professional, or simply wait for the snow to melt.

      Universal Credit recipients get help in cold weather

      You may be able to get Cold Weather Payments if you claim certain benefits.

      If you’re eligible, you could get £25 if the average temperature in your area is recorded as, or forecast to be, zero degrees celsius or below over seven consecutive days. 

      For this year, the scheme runs between November 1, 2020, and March 31, 2021.

      You’ll get the payments if you’re on Pension Credit, Income Support, income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance, income-related Employment and Support Allowance, Universal Credit or Support for Mortgage Interest.

      You don’t need to apply, as you’ll get paid automatically.

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        Saying goodbye to Autumn

        Met Office forecaster Stephen Keates said: “We’re noticing the cold more because November has been so mild until now. It feels like we are saying goodbye to autumn.”

        Temperatures last week hit 17C (62F) but have returned to the 9C seasonal average.

        The colder weather has arrived from Iceland and is set to dominate into early December, although experts are warning of a wetter than normal winter.

        Forecasters at WX Charts say people living as far south at the West Midlands may be hit by up to six centimetres and The Weather Outlook has said there could be up to 20 inches of snow

        There's a 70 per cent chance of powder in Birmingham by the weekend.

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        Yellow warnings ahead

        Yellow weather warnings are also in place across parts of Scotland and Northern Ireland on Friday, extending to the rest of the UK on Saturday.

        He added that "very windy weather" could cause delays to transport, damage buildings, lead to bridge and road closures and cause power cuts.

        "There is an increasing signal of snow at higher elevations, indications suggest that areas above 200m in Scotland have the highest chance from Friday.

        "There may well be temporary spells in other areas across northern England and Wales, in areas like the Pennines and Snowdonia, though this unlikely to be heavy enough to settle."

        He added there was "no sign" of snow in lower areas in England and Wales, but said "never say never".

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        Snow way (continued)

        Friday will gales of up to 60 to 70mph, on Saturday this will reach up to 80mph in these regions.

        On Saturday, the gale force weather warnings will extend for the whole of the UK bar London, Essex and Kent.

        Met Office spokesman, Grahame Madge said: "We'll see an unsettled period of weather entering the weekend, this the most notable feature being strong winds, the strongest that we will have seen this autumn."

        It will come after "several shots" of Arctic air move into the UK later this week, as the jet stream dips southwards, bringing much colder and wetter weather.

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        Snow way

        An Arctic blitz could leave up to 20 inches of snow in some parts of the country this weekend.

        And from tomorrow the UK is set to plunge to bone-chilling sub-zero temperatures as well as weather warnings in place for gale force winds of up to 80mph.

        "Prolonged periods" of snowfall are possible at higher elevations in parts of Scotland and northern England and Wales at the end of the week," the Met Office has said.

        The mercury could dip as low as freezing in parts of London and the South East overnight, while remaining around 6C (42.8F) during the day on Saturday.

        Weather warnings for gale force winds are in place from midday Friday for Scotland and parts of Northern England such as the Lake District.

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