Snow, rain and wind are expected to sweep parts of the UK over the next few days, according to the Met Office – with thousands of homes still waiting to be reconnected to power after Storm Arwen.
About 4,700 homes in northern England and Scotland are still without supply – more than a week after the November 26 storm, according to industry organization Energy Networks Association (ENA).
Boris Johnson said on Saturday he had had calls with those leading the response to Storm Arwen, adding that he remained “concerned” that thousands of homes still lacked electricity.
In a tweet, the prime minister said the government was ready to further support the stimulus work “in any way possible”.
While work is still underway to restore power, forecasters predict low temperatures between 4C (39F) and 6C (43F) accompanied by high winds for the region over the coming days.
The Met Office expects “volatile” weather, with snow in the Cairngorms and North Pennines overnight Saturday before becoming drier and less windy on Sunday.
But the temporary relief will end on Monday when a band of rain and snow is expected, along with more wind, in the second half of the day.
From Tuesday, the UK is expected to continue to see wind, rain and snow – with a likelihood of stronger winds, but not as strong as Arwen, until Wednesday.
Simon Partridge, a meteorologist at the Met Office, said: âAs far as the process of reconnecting power supplies and accessing remote areas, it’s not helpful – probably tomorrow being the best day and probably the first half of the day. Tuesday also, certain conditions.
âOther than that, quite a bit of rain, snow on the hills, and fairly strong winds – which certainly helps slow down the process of reconnecting supplies and getting to more remote places to clear trees etc. .
“It’s certainly not ideal, and the higher places will definitely see a bit more snow in the next few days.”
The Met Office has also issued yellow weather warnings for rain in parts of north-east England and a yellow warning for snow in parts of south-east Scotland.
The long delays prompted energy regulator Ofgem to warn it would take coercive action against grid companies that failed to restore electricity to customers soon enough after the storm.
He also agreed with the companies to lift the limit of Â£ 700 on the compensation that could be given to customers.
The change will allow those affected to claim Â£ 70 for every 12 hour period without electricity, after an initial amount of Â£ 70 for the first 48 hours.
Managing Director Jonathan Brearley told BBC Radio 4: âWe are deeply concerned about customers who have been without power for more than a week.
âWe want to establish the facts and make sure we understand what happened, if the network companies fulfilled their obligations. If they haven’t, we will take enforcement action.
âWe have clear expectations as to how quickly they should get people back to the system.
“We recognize the difficult circumstances these companies find themselves in. But what we expect from network companies is to be relentless in connecting people, but also to build support.”
He then told BBC Breakfast: âOne thing that we have already done is that we have told the network companies, and they have agreed, they have lifted the cap on the compensation that they will give to customers and they will ensure that these clients receive compensation for everything they have been through.
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