Weather forecast UK LIVE – Met Office warns Arctic blast to FREEZE UK this week with -7C winds, snow & torrential rain

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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    Icy winds blow

    Cooler temperatures will develop this week, as pressure builds in the south of Iceland.

    And a “secondary push of colder Icelandic air” is then expected to arrive towards the end of the week, “further dropping temperatures”.

    According to WXCharts, up to 24cm of snow could fall across north western parts of Scotland over the weekend of November 28.

    On Friday 26, snow depth maps suggest Wales could see 10cm of snow while the Midlands could get 6cm.

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    Mapped: Londoners could see 6in snow in just days

    A SUB-ZERO Arctic blitz will bring snow this week – and Londoners could see a dusting of the white stuff within just days.

    As the mercury tumbles this week, forecasters say a "cold blast" moving down the country will bring the first truly wintry weather of the season.

    The mercury will plummet "significantly" by Thursday, with no respite from the chill until at least the beginning of next month.

    Snow has already arrived in the Highlands, and forecasters predict that a whopping 24cm of the white stuff – 9.4in – will fall this week.

    However, the polar plunge will also force the chill downwards, with snow likely in London and parts of the south-east by Saturday.

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    Weather forecast for London and the south east tomorrow

    Early fog patches lifting.

    Becoming generally cloudy with the odd spot of rain possible.

    However, the far southeast may stay mainly dry and bright for much of the day.

    Maximum temperature 8 °C.

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    November 4/5 to be coldest EVER

    THIS MONTH NOW LOOKS more likely than ever to go down as the coldest November on record, according to Ladbrokes.

    Having been a 10/11 shot last weekend, the bookies have now cut odds to just 4/5 on this being the coldest November EVER.

    Alex Apati of Ladbrokes said: "There's every chance this goes down as a record-breaking month on the weather front, with temperatures set to plummet over the next few days."

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    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.”

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    South east to be hit by fog and frost on Wednesday morning

    The Met Office said: "Patchy #fog and #frost in the far SE of England first thing on #Wednesday morning In the north, a band of rain will move SE, followed by sunshine and blustery showers, these locally heavy and #wintry over the hills

    "Elsewhere, mostly cloudy with a few brighter periods."

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    Met Office outlook for Thursday – Saturday

    The Met Office has released a weather summary for the end of this week.

    Fine for many on Thursday then turning very unsettled from the north Friday and Saturday with rain.

    Some hill snow accompanied by very strong winds, gales or severe gales possible.

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    Weather summary for Wednesday fromthe Met Office

    Fog clearing slowly from the south.

    Cloud and rain sinking south across Wales and northern and western England.

    Sunny intervals and blustery showers in north. Gales far north.

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    Are you winter ready?

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    The most vulnerable car parts on your vehicle

    With the cold looming, it’s important that you look after your vehicle – even if you use it just for the school run.

    The average UK motorist clocks up 7,400 miles a year – but what are the parts of your car most likely to get damaged along the way?

    LeaseCar.uk have researched online search data to find which are the most likely car parts that need replacing, whether through a collision or accidental damage. Failure to repair damaged headlights could result in a £1,000 fine.

    Wheel well frame – Can be susceptible to front and side impact accidents.

    Front and rear bumper – Always slow down to prevent tail gating and ensuring there is an extra ‘safety bubble’ between you and the vehicle behind.

    Alloy wheels – Often motorists do not address the damage but it is always important to get them checked out to stop further deterioration of the wheels and to check for any other hidden damage.

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    Odds slashed on coldest December

    Bookmaker Coral has slashed the odds on next month being the UK’s coldest December since records began to just 5-4 (from 3-1) as forecasts warn of an abrupt end to the unseasonably warm autumn.

    “The autumn sunshine won’t last much longer and we are headed for a freezing December, so much so that we have slashed the odds on it entering the record books as our coldest ever,” said Coral’s Harry Aitkenhead.

    Coral are taking bets on a White Christmas, with Aberdeen the most likely of all major UK cities for snow on the big day at odds of 5-2.

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    Weather forecast for this evening

    The Met Office says there will be "variable cloud and clear spells, allowing a frost in places, and also some fog, locally dense, forming across southern areas.

    "Windier in the northwest with a band of rain moving south-east across Scotland and Northern Ireland followed by showers later."

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    Patchy fog will form quickly this evening, says Met Office

    The Met Office tweeted: "Patchy #fog is likely to form quite quickly this evening where skies remain clear.

    "Parts of East Anglia, southeast and central southern England look most likely to see #mist and fog with locally poor visibility.

    "If you're travelling, take extra care and stay #WeatherAware."

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    Met Office confirms Arctic blast on way to UK this week

    The Met Office has said shots of Arctic air will hit our shores later 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."

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    Explained: What’s Russia got to do with it?

    The high prices have also been made worse by political tensions in Europe.

    A delay to a controversial gas pipe between Russia and Germany, a flashpoint in the ongoing energy crisis, sent the cost of UK gas up again this week.

    Russia has put Germany’s approval of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline at the heart of talks over supplies.

    Germany’s energy regulator has suspended approval of the project, which would see a natural gas pipeline run from Russia to Germany.

    Since approval was suspended, UK and EU wholesale gas prices have surged an eye-watering 17%.

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

    If your energy supplier goes bust, no matter, you won't be left with a cold house.

    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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    Explained: Why can’t I save money by switching?

    Cheap fixed-price discount deals have all been scrapped.

    Many fixed-price customers are on deals costing between £800 and £900 a year, which were available until recent months.

    The cheapest fixed deal available now is £1,427, £150 more than £1,277 variable-rate price cap tariffs.

    Some fixed deals cost £1,600-plus — double some customers’ fixed price bill.

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    How long will the energy crisis last?

    It is like it will last through the winter – for around six months at least.

    And then things could get more expensive as the new energy price cap will be announced in April – and is likely to go up by a further £300.

    Help is available through the Warm Homes Discount and Winter Fuel Payments for people with special circumstances and on lower incomes.

    For more information, click here.

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    Protect the roof

    While you may feel all warm and toasty beneath the eaves beware – too much snow can do serious damage your roof and lead to irreversible damage.

    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.

    Should I leave my car idling to warm it up?

    If you leave your car idling you could get a £20 fine.

    But the RAC also points out that doing this leaves your car open to theft.

    An unattended car with the keys in the ignition could easily prove too great a temptation for opportunistic thieves.

    And you may find you're not covered by your insurance if your car does get stolen.

    In many insurance policies, car theft isn’t covered if a key was left inside the vehicle when it was taken or if a customer left the vehicle unattended. 

    Some 19 energy firms have now failed since September

    No fewer than 19 domestic energy firms have now failed since September due to rocketing fuel costs.

    That also means consumers shouldn’t change supplier, because the new rate they’d be guaranteed would be much higher than the rate promised when they signed up with Bulb.

    Customers should also not cancel their direct debit. For the first time consumer watchdog USwitch has urged people to stick with their current tariff for the time being.

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      The energy supplier crisis

      Providers have been struggling to cope with soaring wholesale energy prices.

      Wholesale gas prices have risen 250% since the beginning of the year, creating a strain on the UK energy industry that has even toppled certain providers.

      At least 12 providers have gone bust since the summer, with Utility Point and People’s Energy the first of the list of small providers to go.

      It comes as customers who see their supplier go bust this winter could face paying £400 more to new suppliers taking over their contracts.

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      Devil makes work (Continued…)

      As the winter draws in it, it may be tempting to allow your car to sit idling as it heats up.

      But if you do you could land yourself with a £40 fine simply for waiting in their car with the engine running.

      It is illegal to keep an car engine idling under Section 42 of the Road Traffic Act 1988.

      The act enforces Rule 123 of the Highway Code, which says: “You must not leave a vehicle’s engine running unnecessarily while that vehicle is stationary on a public road.” 

      Breaking this law can result in a £20 fixed-penalty fine, rising to £40 if not paid within the timeframe, and local councils may add an additional fine on top of this.

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      Devil makes work for idle cars

      As the winter draws in it, it may be tempting to allow your car to sit idling as it heats up.

      But if you do you could land yourself with a £40 fine simply for waiting in their car with the engine running.

      It is illegal to keep an car engine idling under Section 42 of the Road Traffic Act 1988.

      The act enforces Rule 123 of the Highway Code, which says: “You must not leave a vehicle’s engine running unnecessarily while that vehicle is stationary on a public road.” 

      Breaking this law can result in a £20 fixed-penalty fine, rising to £40 if not paid within the timeframe, and local councils may add an additional fine on top of this.

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      What should you go if your energy supplier goes bust? (Continued…)

      Experts like Martin Lewis’ MoneySavingExpert are advising customers not to rush to switch though, and instead “simply sit tight and wait to be contacted by a new supplier”.

      But it is recommended that you take a meter reading ready for when your new supplier contacts you.

      Other charities also recommend keeping old energy bills and waiting until your new supplier is appointed before cancelling any direct debits.

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