Weather forecasters have warned of snow on the way for parts of the UK as a blast of Arctic wind sweeps across the country.
A yellow severe weather warning for wind has been issued for large parts of Britain on Thursday, as a cold front in Scotland moves down from the north.
Nicola Maxey, a spokesperson for the Met Office, said lower-than-average temperatures for December would move across the country towards the end of the week, with some northern areas not getting much above freezing and southern regions significantly colder than usual.
“We’re going to have a cold front moving slowly down through the country through the week, starting today,” she said. “It will weaken as it moves down, but behind it will bring some wintry showers.
“With the Arctic wind blowing across from cold maritime air, people will really feel the cold,” Ms Maxey added.
The impact for heating oil customers could be the first real increases in heating oil prices of the winter season as demand picks up. Past buying history shows that as soon as the temperature drops, prices of heating oil tend to increase as demand outpaces supply. Furthermore, if the weather does result in snowfall, supply can be affected due to distribution difficulties when the roads are blocked or travel is difficult.
Heating oil buyers are advised to order their oil now before the winter really takes hold and avoid any sudden increases in prices that may occur. Current heating oil prices are lower than they were at the same period last year so now is the time to take advantage of these prices before they disappear.
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