UK weather: Brits face blackouts and blackouts, Met Office blames

Brits face ongoing power outages, with the Met Office accused of not giving enough warning of the current minus weather.

Insiders believe if experts had predicted freezing temperatures early enough, officials could have stocked up on gas to meet the demand. The sun reports.

Instead, Brits could be hit by ongoing blackouts while the National Grid struggles to cope post on Sunday reports.

Some Westminster sources have now questioned whether the Met Office’s work-from-home advice could be behind the shortcomings.

“Is this another occasion where working from home has degraded the quality of public services?” one told the newspaper.

Temperatures fell to -17.3C as the cold snap gripped the UK this week.

Sources claim meteorologists “dramatically underestimated” the magnitude of the Arctic blast.

They claim experts told then-Energy Secretary Jacob Rees-Mogg there was “less than a one in ten chance” that temperatures would fall as low as they did.

The freezing cold weather caused National Grid to trigger its emergency power plan amid fears that power supplies could run out.

It fired up its coal-fired units for the first time this winter after previously claiming they would only be used as a “last resort” to prevent power outages.

“Freezing conditions caught weather forecasters — and the National Grid, which relies on them so heavily to plan our energy needs — off guard,” said independent energy analyst Tony Jordan.

“We are far from clear when it comes to avoiding bottlenecks and possibly even power outages.”

Fears have been raised that three-hour power cuts could hit parts of the UK this winter.

Government documents seen by The sun unveiled plans for power outages in October to conserve energy supplies.

Power outages could be introduced in an emergency when there is a massive shortage of gas used to generate electricity.

Last week Britain used a fifth of all its stored gas in just six days as temperatures plummeted.

But ministers today urged Britons to have “confidence” in supplies.

Oliver Dowden said only a “very, very extreme, unforeseen scenario” would result in the network collapsing.

Weather is expected to improve from Monday, with mercury likely to hit 14C in some areas.

But Britain is expected to be hit first by freezing rain and snow on Sunday, causing chaos on the roads.

The Met Office said it had outlined a “likely scenario” of cold snaps with the threat of snow and ice in December which was “broadly seen”.

“As a responsible government, we continually plan for a wide range of potential scenarios and work to create robust contingency plans to minimize potential impacts,” said an Energy Department spokesman.

“This is not a direct result of the current cold spell.”

This article originally appeared on The Sun and is reproduced with permission

Originally released as Brits face blackouts and blackouts as officials blame the ‘work-from-home’ Met Office for forecast failure

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