The nation could run out of gas today according to a concerning warning from The National Grid.
Due to the UK’s recent spate of extreme weather conditions, the power operator has issued a ‘gas deficit warning’.
There are fears the gas supplies could run empty following the two red weather warnings issued by the Met Office.
The National Grid said the warning has been issued in response to a series of ‘significant supply losses, resulting in a forecast end-of-day supply deficit’.
Shortages should not affect household supplies but they could hit industry users as the Grid attempts to balance supply and demand levels.
A spokesperson from the National Grid told UNILAD:
Due to the extremely cold weather we’re seeing very high demand for gas, so this morning we issued a ‘Gas Deficit Warning’ which is a notice to the gas market we would like more gas to be made available.
This is a situation we’re always prepared for and a Deficit Warning is part of our normal toolkit in extreme weather to make sure we can balance gas supply and demand.
Protecting customer supplies is always our first priority and we’d like to reassure people their domestic gas will not be affected.
Gas from the National Grid powers our boilers and heating, which keeps us warm during cold spells like this one.
Technically the ‘Gas Deficit Warning’ is a request to the market to provide more. The National Grid are ‘in communication with industry partners and are closely monitoring the situation’.
Today, (March 1), the Met Office have warned us to brace ourselves, as the worst blizzards since 1962 are set to hit our shores.
Brits are being warned to only travel if it’s essential, with the vulnerable and elderly being told to completely stay indoors.
The Met Office claimed the amount of snow forecast could be the biggest single fall since the notorious winter of 1962-63, when some areas of the country were blighted by snow and ice for more than three months.
Good morning everyone, Fleur here. Many of you will be waking up to snow and gales or they will arrive later! Keep an eye on the weather warnings in your area here: https://t.co/z684SAh3iI or via our Met Office weather app. More info: https://t.co/OdBNNEiEQi Take care out there! pic.twitter.com/dOWCLflDKg
— Met Office (@metoffice) March 1, 2018
The Met Office has predicted up to 50cm of snow will fall across the southeast by tomorrow, with Scotland facing a similar dose of the stuff.
The heavy snow blizzards, as well as the ‘biting’ winds are predicted to cause significant travel disruption across the UK, most notably in southern, western and central England. Parts of Wales and Northern Ireland are set to be affected too.
Take care out there people!