January 25, 2023

An icy wave will hit parts of the UK overnight, just as a major incident in Sheffield leaves hundreds without gas or hot water.

The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for ice in Northern Ireland, Wales, West and South West England from 5pm Wednesday through Thursday evening.

Forecasters say arctic air will move in, with Britain’s Health and Safety Service issuing a cold weather warning and recommending people warm their homes to at least 18°C ​​(64.4°F).

In a tweet, the Met Office said to get ice scrapers ready and dig out the winter hats, gloves and scarves if people haven’t already.

Forecaster Oli Claydon said: “We’re already in cold conditions every day with that northeasterly flow, but conditions will get colder over the next week, with the worst showers in northern Scotland, but also much colder conditions across the UK.

Overnight lows of -10 to -11C (12.2F) in areas where we do get snow in those rural parts of Scotland, with temperatures as low as minus six (21.2F) in rural England.

“Cold conditions will continue throughout the weekend. Signs of warmer weather will be rolling in from the South West starting next Tuesday.

“But the signs are that the cold weather in the north of the UK is continuing, so there will be a divide between north and south.”

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Individuals are warned to expect travel disruptions and a risk of slippery surfaces due to snow showers and ice.

5-day weather forecast for where you live

In London, the Severe Weather Emergency Protocol (SWEP) was activated for the first time this winter to provide emergency shelter for the homeless.

With parts of London expected to drop to -3, Mayor Sadiq Khan warned that too many people are sleeping on the streets without safe accommodation.

The mayor’s “In for Good” principle means that no one will be asked to leave the property until there is a support plan in place to end their rough sleep, regardless of a rise in temperature. All city districts have committed themselves to the principle.

Homes without heating “handed out electric heaters” as the major incident continues

The Met Office’s weather warning comes on the same day Sheffield City Council declared a major incident over the “unprecedented” gas flood, in which a burst water main ripped holes in gas mains. The incident left 2,000 homes in the Stannington area without heating or hot water on December 2.

Weather report Thursday

Gas company Cadent Ltd said during an update on Tuesday 6 December that a further 200,000 liters of water had been removed as they continued to try to get residents back on gas.

Residents are warned not to turn on the gas themselves, with Cadent handing out electric stoves and hobs to residents in need, according to BBC Sheffield.

Yorkshire Water tweeted on Wednesday that the burst water pipe has now been repaired, but gas problems persist.

ITV News reported that a spokesperson said: “We apologize for the impact our burst water main has had in Stannington and we understand how difficult it has been for those affected. We continue to work closely with Cadent to provide additional support in the area.”

Labor MP Olivia Blake said her “heart goes out to all those affected” in her constituency.

Dr. Raquel Nunes, assistant professor of environmental change and public health at Warwick Medical School, warned of the impact incoming showers from extreme cold weather could have on human health, saying there is an “increased risk” of respiratory and cardiovascular vascular disease, falls and injuries, as well as hypothermia in the elderly, the chronically ill, children and the homeless.

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