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Cold Snap To Hit East Sussex!

Weather forecasters are warning of a cold snap across East Sussex this weekend and going into next few weeks. Following a long period of mlld conditions during the first two weeks of January, the Met Office has said there is a risk of snow this weekend with temperatures set to drop to minus 4c, but with the wind-chill they could reach mins 7c.

The Met Office has put East Sussex on a cold weather alert as freezing temperatures and snow are on their way from Russia and Scandinavia this weekend. Temperatures in East Sussex look set to drop tomorrow (Friday January) to 1C and will not rise above 3C, although it will feel more like -2C during the day due to wind chill.

At this stage snow is forecast to fall on Saturday from about 6pm.
More snow is on the cards in East Sussex on Sunday from 6am to 5pm.Day time temperatures will struggle to rise above 1C and at times will languish at 0C. But due to wind chill factor in will feel more like -4C. Monday looks even colder at this stage, with temperatures between -2C to 0C, but feeling more like -3C to -7C.

The Met Office said while temperatures were set to be much lower than the last week or so, there was a lot of uncertainty about how long the cold weather would stay with us and exactly which areas of the UK would see snow. The reason for the cold weather is that an area of high pressure develops over Scandinavia, allowing cold air from the Baltic and western Russia to move towards the UK. At the same time milder air and Atlantic weather systems are trying to push in from the west, leaving the UK as the battle ground where they meet.

Met Office chief forecaster, Paul Gundersen said: “All parts of the UK will see cold weather setting in over the weekend. “We can expect sleet and snow showers to affect eastern areas at times, but with a battle developing between the cold air in the east and mild air pushing in from the west, no one should be surprised to see sleet or snow over the weekend and next week.”

The Met Office said there was a 80 per cent probability of severe cold weather, icy conditions and heavy snow between 6am on Saturday and 6pm on Monday in parts of England. This weather could increase the health risks to vulnerable patients and disrupt the delivery of services. It will be a shock for the East Sussex county, which has enjoyed mild temperatures for the last two weeks.

The public should keep up to date with the Met Office weather, as the forecast could change.

Meanwhile, the Department of Energy and Climate Change is urging pensioners and vulnerable householders to take advantage of cash help available to keep warm this winter. There are a number of schemes designed to provide support, including money off bills and assistance with central heating and insulation.

East Sussex MP and Energy and Climate Change Minister, Greg Barker, said: “We know people are struggling with rising energy bills but a warm home should be a given, not a luxury. That’s why we want to make sure everyone is aware of the support available, and anyone who thinks they may be eligible for some insulation or new heating kit should call 0300 123 1234 for further advice.”

Mr Barker pointed out how the Government has recently introduced a new Energy Company Obligation aimed at saving carbon and getting efficient boilers and insulation into the homes of vulnerable people. Part of this new scheme is being targeted at low income households to help them keep warm and save money on energy bills. Householders who think they may be eligible for help can contact the Energy Saving Advice Service on 0300 123 1234 for advice.

Our property management and all our contractors will be working and on standby said Nigel Pragnell Director at Brighton Homes letting agent. Any of our tenants who has any issues out of hours can call our manned 24 hours access number to book a qualified contractor to attend and resolve the issue. He further added we have been contacting all our tenants and making sure the heating system is working and in good order, anyone un-sure should call us on 01273 672 333 and we can send over a contractor to check to make sure. We want all our tenants to be warm and prepared.