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Snow And Sleet Headed For U.K.

In large parts of Britain, a yellow warning for wind has been issued (this was on Thursday), as a cold front approaches. Cold winds could attain speeds of 70 MPH and disrupt travel, especially in Northern England, according to the Met Office. Temperatures below the average for this month are expected across the country throughout the week, especially for some southern regions, which may experience temperatures significantly colder than average, while some northern regions may be bitten by temperatures which are mostly below freezing, according to Nicola Maxey, a spokesperson for the Met Office.

“We’re going to have a cold front moving slowly down through the country through the week, starting today,” she said. “It will weaken as it moves down, but behind it will bring some wintry showers. “With the Arctic wind blowing across from cold maritime air, people will really feel the cold,” Ms Maxey added.

Tomorrow morning, Wales, the Midlands and northern parts of England will experience rain which should travel in a south-easterly direction until it clears the South Coast early in the afternoon.

One of the main reasons I created Kompulsa was to provide you with energy efficiency tips, as maintaining comfort during extreme weather can be an energy-intensive task, which not everyone can afford.

Instead of telling you to buy a new space heater, I’ll recommend the following from my Heating and Cooling page:

  • Drink hot fluids. I understand that you may not want to gain weight by having too much sugar, so, if you have tea, use a small amount of sugar, and sometimes alternate by having lightly salted soup. These tips enable you to cope with a lower heater setting. The energy required to heat a cup of tea is nowhere near the energy required to heat an entire room.
  • If you use a central heating system, go to every room you won’t be in for a while, and close the vents to reduce energy requirements, this will enable you to turn your thermostat temperature up without increasing energy usage if you are too cold.
  • If you have issues with mold, and are trying to ventilate the house to keep it at bay (to keep humidity down), instead, cap all bottles and pots containing fluids, and throw out standing water in basins, the kitchen sink, etc. These all evaporate and raise the humidity of your environment, helping mold to grow.
  • When stepping outside, it really does matter that you close the door behind you as quickly as possible, especially when it is windy.

Source: The Independent

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