Weather forecast UK today – Snow to hit THIS WEEKEND with 72-hour blast arriving on Sunday after Storm Wanda's floods

BRITAIN will be hit by an Arctic blast this month – just days after Storm Wanda brings torrential downpours and a risk of flooding to the UK.

Forecasters predict a three day flurry of snow will move in from November 14 and will continue for 72 hours – with as much as 2.5cm of snow expected to fall per day.

But before the white stuff hits, the aftermath of ferocious tropical storm Wanda will see Britain under a washout from next Tuesday.

Met Office forecaster Dan Harris told the Mirror: "Tropical Storm Wanda is not too far from the UK – and may indirectly influence the forecast early next week."

The Met Office has already placed a yellow weather warning for wind across northern and eastern Scotland from 8pm last night until 5pm today.

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

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    Top tips for avoiding a cold this winter

    1. Wearing a mask when out in public

    2. Using hand sanitiser frequently

    3.  Eating immune boosting foods like oranges and spinach

    4. Staying in as much as possible

    5.  Avoiding busy public areas like supermarkets

    6.  Avoiding public transport

    7. Getting extra sleep

    8.  Drinking lots of water

    9. Washing your hands frequently

    10.  Staying warm

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    Where can I get help with my bills?

    There are schemes to support people who are struggling to pay for their electricity and gas bills.

    When the temperature drops some households are eligible for cold weather payments.

    Low income households can get up to £140 towards their electricity bills with the government’s warm home discount scheme.

    The government has also announced a household support fund for this winter – contact your local council for more details on how to get a grant.

    You can save money on your energy bill by turning off appliances – these are the seven worst to leave on standby and wearing a jumper could slash £400 a year from your energy bills.

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    What happens next for Utility Warehouse customers?

    Energy companies are supposed to look after their customers, particularly those in tricky situations such as debt.

    Utility Warehouse will have to pay £1.5million to Ofgem’s redress fund for charities, but customers won’t be offered compensation.

    Ofgem said it is satisfied that the company has made the necessary changes.

    In future, though, you can complain if you believe a supplier is treating you unfairly.

    You should complain directly to the company before moving it on to the energy ombudsman if they don’t reply.

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    Energy fail (continued)

    Utility Warehouse didn't always take into account customers’ ability to pay when calculating regular installments as required, the regulator said.

    Customers were not consistently offered the option of paying back charges via the voluntary installation of a pre-payment meter or offered energy efficiency advice on how to reduce their bills.

    In some cases, this led to the unnecessary installation of pre-payment meters under warrant, the investigation found.

    Cathryn Scott, director of enforcement and emerging Issues at Ofgem, said: “Energy suppliers are required to look after their customers, especially those in vulnerable situations.

    “Between 2013-2019, Utility Warehouse failed to take the necessary steps to treat some customers in payment difficulty fairly, depriving them of the opportunity to manage their energy debt and ongoing energy costs."

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    Energy fail

    Energy supplier Utility Warehouse has paid out £1.5million after failing to support struggling customers.

    The company didn't consistently offer help, such as debt repayment plans, to customers who were behind on their bills.

    This left some customers disadvantaged, energy regulator Ofgem said.

    The watchdog launched a formal investigation into the firm in 2018, concluding that the failings took place between 2013 and 2019.

    The regulator concluded that the supplier did not consistently offer to put domestic customers who were struggling to pay their energy bills on debt repayment plans.

    It also did not consistently allow payments to be taken directly from customers’ benefits.

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    Look ahead to December

    There will be colder spells coming towards the UK the Met Office have said with an increased chance of ‘wintry conditions’

    “Towards the end of November and into early December there are signs of an increased likelihood of north to northwesterly winds.

    “This means that overall temperatures are likely to be near or slightly below average, although some milder spells cannot be ruled out.

    “In such patterns the most unsettled, wetter and windier conditions are often found across northern areas, while the most settled, driest and brightest conditions are predominantly across the south.

    “There is a slightly higher than normal chance of some wintry conditions, especially across the north.”

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    Top tips for driving through fog

    The Met Office have release top 5 tips when driving in foggy conditions as it is expected that much of the UK will see fog tomorrow morning.

    Tip 1 – Make sure you’re familiar with how to use your front and rear fog lights.

    Tip 2 – Do not use full beam lights as the fog reflects the light back reducing visibility.

    Tip 3 – Follow the ‘two-second rule’ to leave sufficient space between you and the car in front.

    Tip 4 – Ensure the heater is set to windscreen de-misting and open up all vents.

    Tip 5 – If visibility is very limited, wind down your windows at junctions and crossroads to allow you to listen for approaching traffic.

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    Winter is coming

    James Madden, forecaster for Exacta Weather, said: “There are likely to be some large flirtations with cold temperatures throughout November.

    “Widespread frosts and fog will be a common feature, and the possibility is there of a number of snow events across northern Britain.

    “These may even reach as far south as the capital from mid-month onwards.

    “November looks like delivering an early taste of extensive winter for many.”

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    Easy breezy

    HEATED airers are back in stock at Aldi and the driers are very popular with shoppers.

    In fact they are such a hit that the supermarket has sold out of them before, so you might want to move quickly if you want one.

    They are also fairly cheap to run, costing just pennies per hour – check out how much exactly in our guide.

    Aldi’s easy home heated airer costs £39.99 and is available online and in stores.

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    Snow go

    An icy three-day plunge is on the way, with 2.5cm snow flurries expected from November 14.

    Inverness will be the first to see the in the early hours – before the snow drifts down to Edinburgh, weather site WXCharts has suggested.

    However, before that, millions will see heavy rain and blustery winds thanks to the fall-out from a tropical storm.

    Storm Wanda may influence the type of weather we’ll see in the coming days and over the weekend.

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    Keep warm without burning money

    WITH winter knocking on our doors and Jack Frost biting our noses each morning, chances are you’re tempted to turn up the heating to keep warm.

    But rather than spend the money, a savvy man shares six easy tips to keep your house warm, and they’re all completely free.

    Firstly, if you do have the heating on, the man says to bleed your radiators to keep them running properly.

    You can also pop a sheet of tin foil behind it to deflect heat, and he suggests leaving a gap between the radiator and your furniture to allow the heat to travel further.

    Read more tips here.

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    What's the weather like for Remberance weekend?

    This Remembrance weekend looks to be a dry and cloudy one with the rain looking set to come just before Saturday.

    The Met Office have said there will be ‘outbreaks’ of rain on Friday and the weekend looks to be a ‘mild’ one.

    “Breezy with outbreaks of rain on Friday, heaviest in the northwest. Over the weekend, cloudy in the east with some drizzle, brighter in the west. Mild, turning colder later.”

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    How to keep your baby warm this Winter

    AS winter comes around once more – it's inevitable that temperatures are set to drop.

    Babies aren't able to care for themselves or put on an extra layer in the same way adults can, so it's important to keep an eye on them as the weather gets cooler.

    Here are the experts' top tips:

    1. Skip bath time
    2. Never wear a hat indoors
    3. Know the right time
    4. Feel your baby's neck
    5. Avoid putting the heating on
    6. Check the cot

    Read more here

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    How to stay healthy this winter?

    BRITS have revealed their top secrets for battling winter illnesses during the cold weather – with almost half pledging to take better care of themselves.

    More than half of UK adults believe their immune system has been weakened by months of isolation because of the pandemic.

    Many believe that wiping down door handles, getting more sleep and eating a lot of spicy foods can keep the cold weather sniffles at bay.

    Other methods being plumped by Brits include staying in well-ventilated areas, eating immune-boosting foods like oranges and spinach as well as drinking plenty of water.

    The study also found that 88 per cent of people think that preventing catching a winter illness is important.

    Of the 2,000 adults, 65 per cent said that the average cold will wipe them out for several days – and provoke at least three complaints per day.

    There are plenty of other ways to stay healthy this winter.

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    How do I apply for a cold weather payment?

    You don’t need to apply for the cold weather payment as it’s paid automatically.

    If you don’t receive a payment and believe you’re eligible then you can tell your pension centre or Jobcentre Plus office, or call the Universal Credit helpline on 0800 328 5644.

    If you’re getting Universal Credit, you can also sign in to your account and add a note to your journal.

    If you go into hospital, this could affect your claim so make sure you tell someone using the contact details above.

    Low income households can get up to £140 towards their electricity bills with the government’s warm home discount scheme.

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    Eight ways to stay safe on the roads this Winter(Continued…)

    Check your oil – We Brits are bad at checking our oil. Hardly any of us perform this essential maintenance task once a month, which is how often the experts recommend. 

    Check your battery – Winter is hard on your battery and the electrical system. On a cold day, the engine in a car takes more effort to “turn over”, which puts extra strain on the battery and the starter motor. 

    Keep winter kit in your car – Breaking down in summer is annoying. Breaking down in winter can be dangerous. When temperatures drop, a simple mechanical failure can put the occupants of a vehicle at serious risk if they can’t be rescued quickly.

    Check your wiper blades – You could get fined £100 for having defective windscreen wipers – something guaranteed to make a rainy day worse. 

    Consider buying winter tyres – In some parts of Europe, winter tyres are a mandatory part of driving, either on specific roads prone to ice and snow, or as a seasonal regulation. 

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    Eight ways to stay safe on the roads in Winter

    Winter can be a dangerous time on British roads, with slippery conditions and dangerous weather making every car journey a bit more risky.

    But by preparing your car for the colder months, you can help protect yourself and your passengers from some of the hazards.

    Check your tyres – Your tyres are, arguably, the most important safety device on your car. 

    Top up your screen wash – Screen wash is a crucial but often overlooked element of car maintenance. And in winter it’s particularly important, as the roads are gritty and covered with mud, which can spray up onto your windscreen and impede your view.

    Clean your windows – While you’re at it, take this opportunity to ensure your windows are clean. You probably haven’t paid much attention to the windscreen, side windows and rear window of your car, and there’ll be a year’s worth of pollen, dust and autumn grime building up on the glass. 

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    "Mixed week of meterology" (continued)

    The picture will begin to change from today, when Brits will awake to “low cloud, patchy rain, drizzle and hill fog”.

    “It’ll be a dull and damp start,” Mr McGivern said.

    “This zone of low cloud tends to creep north, while there’ll be another area of cloud and some drizzly rain across central parts.

    “There’ll be sunshine in northern England and north-east Scotland, and temperatures similar to Wednesday.

    “But a change is on the way by the end of the day.

    “The wind picks up, rain starts to push in the west, and the next low appears on the horizon.”

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    “Mixed week of meteorology”

    Aidan McGivern of the Met Office says we’ll face a “mixed week of meteorology” with cloudy skies and some rain – but plenty of sunny spells too.

    “On Wednesday, there’ll be some small progress with the weather fronts sinking south,” he said.

    “There’ll be some heavier rain for a time in the Midlands, perhaps, as well as East Anglia and south-western areas, and a lot of low cloud in this area with some hill fog to start things off.

    “Perhaps some brighter skies into Kent, but further north, that’s where the brightest skies will be – North Wales, northern England, Scotland and Northern Ireland.”

    Those living in the north can expect highs of 12C today, with up to 14C in the south.

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    Beware the ice

    Colder weather can mean ice on the roads – and on the windscreen of your car.

    You could be landed with a £60 fine and three penalty points for failing to scrape ice off your windscreen.

    With 35% of motorists admitting to driving with their windscreen misted up or covered in ice, Brits are being warned not to take risks on the road this winter.

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    How much does it cost to run a log burner? (continued)

    When working out costings, you need to look at the price of wood. 

    According to the SIA, it costs on average between £120 and £140 to buy 1 cubic metre of kiln dried wood logs. 

    The average modern wood burning stove will use around 3.5 cubic metres (m3) of logs in a typical heating season if you have the burner on at evenings and weekends. 

    The heating season runs from mid-October to mid-April, the months when you’re most likely to have the heating on. 

    That means your total cost for wood over the colder months is £120-£140 multiplied by 3.5. 

    That comes to between £420 and £490. 

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    How much does it cost to run a log burner?

    A log burner seems like an obvious alternative to turning the heating, and it’s much cosier too. 

    The Stove Industry Alliance (SIA) estimates that a wood burning stove costs about a third of the price of electric heating and approximately 13% less than gas central heating for the average household under the current price cap. 

    This saving will further increase as fuel prices continue to rise, it adds. 

    Of course, it’s worth pointing out that a log burner won’t heat your entire home so it can’t be considered a direct comparison. 

    A log burner will, however, soon heat up the room it sits in and residual heat will spread to other rooms too. 

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    How much does it cost to install a log burner?

    According to Checkatrade, the average cost to install a log burner is around £2,000 and that’s on top of the stove itself, which will set you back around £950. 

    Installation typically involves forming a new fireplace and hearth, and costs could be higher if you don’t already have a chimney.

    So be sure to factor in those costs if you’re thinking about getting a log burner in the hope of saving money. 

    A certification scheme, known as clearSkies, launched in August 2020 and can help you identify the most eco-friendly log burners. 

    The SIA adds that any installation should be done by a qualified tradesman, registered with HETAS or OFTEC.

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    Rain and fog in forecast (15-24 November)

    Remaining changeable and autumnal particularly to the north through the start of this period as low-pressure systems dominate, sometimes accompanied by rain and strong winds.

    Elsewhere while rain is possible at times, drier and brighter conditions are more likely in the south and southeast regions, although some rain will likely reach even here at times.

    Morning fog patches are also possible in these regions during this period. A rather cold start to the period will likely be followed by a brief recovery in temperatures, before possible trend down later on in the month.

    This would bring an increasing chance of some wintry conditions, mainly over the higher ground in the north, but with a slight risk to lower levels.

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    Explained: Why did the UK start naming storms?

    Analysis has shown that naming storms makes people more aware of the severe weather and helps them prepare for them in advance.

    Surveys showed people were more aware of the threat and more likely to take action after hearing the name of a storm, rather than a forecast simply saying bad weather is on the way.

    The Met Office and its Irish counterpart Met Eireann decided to follow the US system of giving girls and boys’ names to tropical storms and hurricanes.

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