Freeview viewers warned of disruption over the bank holiday weekend – check if you might be affected | The Sun

FREEVIEW has warned its customers that their TVs may be left blank over this bank holiday.

It's all down to the weather that is expected to grace Brits this weekend.

Brits are in for glorious weather this weekend, according to the Met Office.

But hot weather translates to so-called 'high-pressure conditions', which routinely disrupts Freeview reception.

It frequently happens during heatwaves in the UK, big or small.

While the Met Office hasn't officially declared a heatwave, it has urged Brits to get ready for "fine, dry" and "high-pressure" weather.


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The good news is that it is only temporary, and any disruption should last from now until May 29, Freeview has predicted.

"You are advised not to retune your TV during this time – reception will be restored once the high pressure passes," Freeview added.

Affected homes could lose some of the Freeview channels they’re normally able to watch.

In more extreme cases, viewers could potentially lose their Freeview TV signals altogether.

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Not all hope is lost, however.

"If you have an internet-connected Freeview Play TV, or one that has the players available to view, you will still be able to watch live and on-demand content from the likes of BBC iPlayer, ITVX, All4 or My5," Freeview continued.

Alternatively, you can watch Freeview via its mobile app which is available to download for free on your iPhone or Android.

It's even available as an app on a web browser like Google, so you can hook up your laptop to your telly with an HDMI cable and get stuck into the TV marathon you were planning.

To check if you might be affected, simply take a look at what the weather is looking like in your area on the Met Office website.

If its particularly hot where you live, then brace yourself for disruption.

In a statement yesterday, Met Office Chief Forecaster, Paul Gundersen, said: “The jet stream sitting to the north of the UK is holding unsettled weather systems at bay and allowing high pressure to dominate bringing fine weather to the vast majority of the UK.

“The current position of the high-pressure means we will see a westerly air flow over the UK, a cooler direction than if air was being brought up from the south, and areas such as Spain or Africa.

"Therefore, we are not likely to reach heatwave conditions, but temperatures will still be warm reaching the low 20’s for many, particularly in the South West and southern Wales.”

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