British Weather to Stay Colder Than Normal for One Week, Forecaster Says

Freezing weather across Britain will last until Dec. 8 to Dec. 10 and temperatures will rise to usual levels for the time of year after that, according to British Weather Services.

Snow and ice across the U.K. has made natural gas and power the most expensive in almost two years. National Grid Plc predicted gas demand may reach its highest level since January, according to information on its website. Gas is used to heat about 80 percent of the country’s homes and businesses and is used to generate about half of Britain’s electricity supply.

“There will be an assault on the freeze from the Atlantic this Saturday, which will largely fail,” Jim Dale, senior risk meteorologist at British Weather Services, in High Wycombe, England, said by e-mail. “The period Dec. 8 to Dec. 10 should see a gradual change in fortunes for the U.K., Ireland and the near continent, with temperatures heading closer to the norm for the time of year.”

London temperatures may decline as low as minus 6 degrees Celsius (21 degrees Fahrenheit) on Dec. 3 from today’s minus 5 degrees, according to CustomWeather Inc. data. The minimum averaged 7 degrees over the last 10 years, the data show.

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