Although many people may not have needed
large amounts of heating oil through the mild autumn, supplies may be required
from this week as wintery weather has hit parts of the UK. The last few days have seen snow falling in the north of the country, with many
parts of Scotland hit by icy conditions.
Severe weather warnings have been issued by the Met Office for much of the
nation for the next few days, with the forecasting body warning of freezing
temperatures and difficult conditions on the roads, which may affect deliveries
of fuel to remote areas.
Alerts have been issued for much of Scotland today (December 6th) and tomorrow,
extending into parts of England, Wales and Northern Ireland for later in the
week. The Daily Mail reports some parts of Scotland have seen six inches of
snow fall, while a further four inches could come down over the next 48 hours. Temperatures
have also plunged to as low as -7.7 degrees C, the newspaper noted, which could
result in many households relying on their heating oil supplies in order to
Forecaster with MeteoGroup weather service Billy Payne told the publication
there will be a serious risk of ice for many roads in the north of the UK over
the coming days.
will be significant accumulations of snow over higher ground and the rest of
the week will continue to be quite unsettled with wintry showers of hail, sleet
and more snow," he stated.
Meanwhile, npower is predicting the low temperatures will lead to a large rise
in boiler breakdowns, particularly among homes that have exposed pipes. It
therefore stressed the importance of keeping systems well-maintained, noting an
annual service can ensure a boiler continues to work as effectively as
The company also said that during periods of cold weather, it can be more
efficient to keep heating on a low temperature constantly, rather that
switching it on at full capacity on an intermittent basis.
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