Britain is facing the prospect of rolling power cuts, with the Met Office being blamed for not giving enough warning of the severe cold snap that has strained energy supplies.
Westminster insiders say that had experts predicted the big freeze early enough, officials could have stocked up with gas to meet demand.
And they questioned whether the Met Office’s work-from-home policy might have contributed to failings.
Independent energy analyst Tony Jordan agreed that forecasters had been caught ‘off-guard’, adding: ‘If you get weather forecasting wrong – especially during extreme conditions – it can be catastrophic.’
Read more: Britain braces for rolling power cuts: Arctic blast (and the deletion of fossil fuels) leaves households on the brink of outages and blackouts as officials blame Met Office for failing to predict the severity of our latest big freeze (caused by global warming). Amazing when they can predict the weather 50 years from now so accurately, eh?