I’d like to wish everyone a Happy New Year, and in principle I do, but under current circumstances it seems a rather unrealistic wish.
Prepare for even colder weather. The current cold spell seems set to continue, but a sudden stratospheric warming event also seems likely, in which case the UK has about a 40% chance of bitterly cold easterly winds. And if that happens we’re almost guaranteed to suffer a shortage of gas, the UK’s former long-term storage facility being defunct, which will be dealt with by rolling electricity blackouts. And presumably from today onwards we can no longer call on our former EU partner nations to supplement our gas supply.
The above would of course make the ongoing health crisis even worse.
At least my two friends haven’t suffered any worsening of symptoms.