Weather forecast today – Snow blast to FREEZE Britain for 5 days says Met Office as temperatures plummet to Arctic -12C

BRITAIN is set to be battered by a “little ice age” and temperatures will plunge to -12C NEXT WEEK.

The rest of the week will be more mild weather before the weather turns far chillier with spells of snow.

The white stuff is expected to hit from November 24, with the sub-zero temperatures starting on November 23.

Freezing Arctic winds will take a grip on the country, with the mercury possibly dropping as low as -7C to -11C with the coldest conditions hitting Scotland.

Read our UK weather live blog below for the latest info & updates…

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    London forecast for Thursday

    Variable cloud amounts, but most places should have bright or sunny spells. Perhaps rather cloudier later.

    A moderate breeze developing into the afternoon. Staying dry, and rather mild.

    Maximum temperature 13 °C.

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    Scotland expected to see first snowfall

    Scotland will be hit first by snow first, before it makes its way south.

    Weather maps show the white stuff could well land in north-western Scotland on November 17.

    But snow could also fall in northern England, parts of Wales and East Anglia towards the end of the month.

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    Met Office long range forecast from Nov 22 – Dec 1

    High pressure will often lie close to western or southwestern parts of the UK during this period. This will tend to bring to a colder than average north or northwesterly airflow for a time.

    The most unsettled conditions will likely be across northern areas. Here, showers or longer spells of rain are likely with snow likely across higher ground and possibly falling to low levels at times.

    Strong winds are possible across the north, especially around coasts.

    Further south, it is likely to remain somewhat drier with fewer showers, but there is even a slight chance of some wintry weather here.

    At points when winds ease any clearer and calmer conditions that prevail will lead to some cold nights with frost and fog.

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    The reason energy firms are going bust

    The reason is wholesale gas prices rose 250% since January, and this has formed the strain on the UK energy industry that we’ve seen in recent months.

    Suppliers have had to fork out for the costs as the government’s energy price cap limits what they can pass on to customers.

    Major suppliers are weathering the crisis because they bulk bought gas supplies ahead of time when it was cheaper – whereas smaller firms do not build up a stockpile and therefore are more vulnerable to gas price changes.

    Despite this, households have still seen major hikes on their home bills, all while the cap rose by £139 at the beginning of October too.

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    'Wet & windy weather for western Scotland

    The Met Office says it will continue to be a greay and cloudy night across the UK

    But the weather agency said in a tweet it will be "cloudy in the north this evening with wet and windy weather in western Scotland.

    "Drier in the south with clear spells."

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    Met Office weather outlook for Friday to Sunday

    Windy on Friday in the north, with rain in the far northwest moving south through Saturday.

    Becoming mostly dry later in the weekend.]

    It will however be turning much colder from the north.

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    Weather summary for Thursday

    Dry and fine elsewhere.

    Cloudy in the west and north with occasional rain or drizzle on upslopes, this persistent at times across western Scotland.

    Windy in the north. Very mild.

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    Outbreaks of the rain in the northwest this evening

    A short weather summary for tonight reveals it will be mostly cloudy in the north and west with occasional rain on upslopes of northwestern parts.

    This will become heavier at times over western Scotland.

    Clear spells elsewhere, but it will be more windy in the north.

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    Keep that screen clean!

    Drivers also need to ensure that their windscreen is clean.

    If a police officer deems a windscreen to be too dirty, they could give you a £5,000 fine. 

    So make sure you stay on top of it.

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    Free winter car checks

    Brits can get winter safety checks at most majority garages and car retailers.

    Hell, Kwik Fit even offers a free winter safety check which can be booked via its website by entering your car registration number and finding your local centre. 

    Halfords also give free five-point check sessions – it includes battery check, headlights and brak lights, wiper blades, windscreen and MOT due date. 

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    Met Office predicts Thursday will be 'rather mild for November'

    The Met Office has tweeted: "Thursday will be rather mild for November.

    "A few places in the northeast could reach 15 or 16°C, with the help of the Foehn effect."

    See a detailed map tweeted by the agency below.

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    Who can claim a cold weather payment?

    Those eligible to apply are:

    • Pension credit
    • Income support
    • Income-based jobseeker’s allowance
    • Income-related employment and support allowance
    • Universal Credit
    • Support for mortgage interest

    Tip: Don't use fog lights when it isn't foggy

    If you use your fog lights when it isn’t foggy you could be endangering other road users and potentially breaking the law.

    The Road Vehicles Lighting Regulations 1989 says that it is illegal to use your lights to dazzle drivers coming towards you.

    Fog lights are very bright, which means they shouldn’t be used in normal weather.

    Switching or leaving your fog lights on when it’s clear, or if it’s just rainy, or in light mist where visibility is greater than 100m, could land you with a fine.

    If you use your fog lights incorrectly, you could be fined £30 at the roadside.

    You won’t get penalty points if dealt with in this way.

    What is the energy price cap?

    Ofgem sets the price cap twice a year for a six-month period each.

    Suppliers have only been able to charge up to £1,138 on their default tariffs between April and September 2021 based on a cap that was announced in February.

    The energy regulator announced in August that the price cap would rise by £139 from October 1 to £1,277 – the highest since the cap launched in January 2019.

    A further 4million households with pre-payment meters will see their bills jump by £153 – from £1,156 to £1,309.

    This cap will last until the end of March 2022, when a new limit will be announced for April.

    Since launching, the cap has dropped three times and increases were announced in April 2019, February 2021 and August 2021.

    Ministers have already warned that the cap could rise again next year.

    Blackout risk (continued)

    Many energy firms are struggling to cope with rising prices and a raft of providers have collapsed in recent months.

    Yesterday, two more small British suppliers, Neon Reef and Social Energy Supply, ceased trading leaving 35,500 customers without a provider.

    There are fears more suppliers could leave the market as problems in the industry continue.

    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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      UK could see blackouts this winter

      Power blackouts are on the cards this winter due to an energy crunch that could leave millions of households in the dark.

      The UK and Europe have the lowest stockpiles of gas in more than a decade and experts fear it could lead to blackouts across the country.

      Jeremy Weir, of commodity trading giant Trafigura, said: “There’s a real concern if we have a cold winter we could have rolling blackouts in Europe.”

      Wholesale energy prices have spiked to record levels as supplies run short, which is having a knock-on effect on households.

      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 yesterday.

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      Turn it off

      Wanting to make a big dent on your energy bills? It might be an idea to look at more energy-guzzling appliances to save on running costs.

      One of the easiest ways to cut costs is to make sure your appliances are switched off properly.

      Leaving your Xbox and Playstation on standby could be costing you £16.24 a year – the same cost as leaving your telly on standby too.

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      Beware black ice

      RAC Breakdown spokesman Simon Williams said: “Winter is the most treacherous time of the year for drivers.

      "A good set of tyres is essential to keep the best possible grip on the road, but reducing speed to match the conditions is also vital.

      “Black ice is probably the most dangerous of all conditions as drivers don’t realise they’re on it until it’s too late. Going into a skid is scary beyond belief.

      "While it’s good to know that you should steer into a skid, it’s a lot harder to do it when you need to, particularly if it’s never happened to you before.

      "When driving in the snow you should keep your speed down but try to be in the highest gear possible as this helps to reduce wheel spin."

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      Vital things (continued)

      The insurer also urges drivers to "fully de-ice" their vehicles prior to heading off – including clearing snow from the windows, lights and the roof to help with visibility.

      AA spokesman Tony Rich told the Sun: "Before setting off, it’s important to fully de-ice the car which includes clearing snow from the windows, lights and roof so you can see and be seen.

      "It’s also worth having winter essentials in the car such as warm, waterproof layers, a shovel, a torch, fully charged mobile phone and a flask of hot drink.

      "If you must travel, reduce your speed to account for the conditions and leave plenty of space behind other vehicles.

      "Allow extra time, as it’s likely your journey will take longer than usual, and ensure you have plenty of fuel/electric charge if you’re driving an EV (Electric Vehicle)."

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      The vital things you need in your car next week

      Car insurance provider AA have shared their essential list of cold journey must haves – if travel in adverse weather is absolutely essential.

      In case of a breakdown, drivers have been told to bring with them a fully-charged phone to call for help.

      A flask of hot drink is another must-have to fend off the cold when stationary – while a torch can be used to help see as daylight hours get shorter.

      Meanwhile, in case an unfortunate skid sends them off the road, a shovel is needed to make sure drivers can free their cars if stuck in snow.

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      How much air needs to be in my tyres?

      As well as tred, air pressure in the tyres can be the difference between a smooth drive or a serious collision. 

      Tyres are the only part of the car that have contact with the road and so need to be checked frequently. 

      Your tyre pressure also affects your fuel consumption, how quick you brake and handling corners. 

      RAC says that correctly inflated tyres can improve mileage per tank by up to 3%. 

      Each vehicle has different requirements for tyre pressure, you check your owner handbook or car manual. 

      Air pressure can be added to tyres at most petrol stations. 

      If your car is found to have tyres with low air pressure, it could be deemed dangerous, resulting in a fine of £2,500.

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      Can I have a Covid booster if I have a cold? (continued)

      It might make you feel a bit rougher than if you weren't ill, but overall it's perfectly safe – and you can emerge from your unwell funk safe in the knowledge you are protected against coronavirus.

      NHS guidance says you should still attend your appointment even if you have a mild illness, including a common cold.

      But if you suddenly feel very unwell, stay at home and book an appointment when you are better.

      If you have Covid symptoms, are self-isolating or waiting for your coronavirus test result you should also not attend your appointment.

      It's easy to rearrange your slot through the booking system.

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      Can I get a Covid boost if I have a cold?

      As winter approaches it's more than likely you'll get struck down with the common cold, or at the very least a sniffle.

      Eligible Brits have been urged to come forward for their Covid boosters, but can you still have it if you're suffering with a cold?

      The short answer is yes.

      If you are certain it is not Covid you are suffering with and you are well enough to leave home, you can get your third shot with confidence.

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      Save money with a woolly jumper

      With energy prices soaring, many Brits are looking for ways to slash their costs this winter.

      Putting on extra layers might sound like something your dad would suggest, but new analysis from The Mirror shows it could reduce your bills by £400 a year.

      Wearing layers warms you up by trapping air next to your body.

      The newspaper found that when room temperature is 10C, a light wool jumper will raise temperatures to 18C.

      A thick wool jumper will warm the air up to 20C.

      When wearing a t-shirt, the air by your body is 15C, so a jumper heats you up by three or five degrees depending how thick it is.

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      How much is the cold weather payment?

      After each period of very cold weather in your area, those eligible for the scheme get a £25 payment.

      They should receive payments within 14 working days.

      It’s paid into the same bank or building society account as the one used to pay benefits, and doesn’t affect any other allowances you may claim.

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