UK weather: Met Office warns of strong winds and freezing temperatures |  Weather United Kingdom

UK weather: Met Office warns of strong winds and freezing temperatures | Weather United Kingdom

The UK will face high winds, plummeting temperatures, icy roads and rain on Monday, forecasters say.

An unusually warm fall for the season has so far helped shield people from escalating energy costs, but sub-zero temperatures predicted for Monday could leave many facing the scale of the rise prices for the first time.

It’s expected to be as cold as -4C (24.8F) in parts of the country on Monday morning, with the northeast bearing the brunt.

Peter Smith, director of policy and advocacy at energy poverty charity National Energy Action, said: “The average annual bill has nearly doubled since this time last year. So far, the warmer than usual weather has shielded many from spiraling bills as they haven’t needed to heat their homes as high or for as long as usual.

“But as temperatures drop, we know that many people will either start racking up unaffordable debt, or ration their energy – or completely self-disconnect. This will have a huge impact on mental and physical health, especially for those with existing health conditions.With 6.7 million UK households in fuel poverty, it’s the start of a gloomy winter.

A yellow wind warning has been issued for parts of South West England and South Wales from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday. Gusts of 55mph to 65mph are expected on land and 70mph to 80mph at sea.

Met Office meteorologist Alex Burkill said colder weather will bring a risk of ice and fog, and driving conditions could be difficult.

Burkill said two areas of low pressure are expected to bring very wet and windy weather. The first starts towards the northwest of Northern Ireland and the second arrives in Ireland and the southwest of England.

He said while there was uncertainty around the weather on Monday, there was a risk of strong winds in coastal areas of Cornwall, Devon and South Wales. He said it could affect travel from airports in the region, such as Cardiff and Exeter.

Although no warnings are in place at the moment, Burkill also said there could be significant rain in parts of West Wales and Northern Ireland on Monday.

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