Big freeze 'for another month'

The Met Office has warned the freezing weather could last until the end of April, suggesting that temperatures are unlikely to recover to normal averages until the latter part of next month. Hundreds are facing a sixth day without power in Scotland.

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'Energy bills could be set to rise due to freezing weather'

Sowerby Bridge, West Yorkshire Credit: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Consumer groups have warned that household energy bills could be set for another rise, with freezing weather forecast to last up until Easter.

Ann Robinson, of price comparison website uswitch.com, told the Times (£): “Consumers are extremely worried about what is likely to happen with their gas bills in future.

"We are now seeing an increase in the wholesale price of electricity.

"It’s pretty grim news as it now looks like there will be significant price increases in electricity and gas bills before this coming winter.”

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