How does the weather affect TV reception?

How does the weather affect TV reception?

If you’re one of the millions of TV watchers who use Freeview, you may have recently been experiencing signal problems due to stormy weather. But how exactly can the weather interfere with TV reception?


Strong winds can result in aerials moving or becoming damaged. If your aerial is old, the parts may have become brittle and more prone to breaking off.

Cables can also get damaged, particularly if the aerial is not attached securely to the outside of your home. Any splits or cracks in a cable will lead to the signal breaking up or being lost completely.

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When cables are worn out or split, there is a risk of water getting into the system. This may lead to signal loss until it has dried out, which could be several days after a heavy rainstorm.

Heavy rain can also interfere with signals from satellites, so you may need to get an aerial engineer to check. Fortunately, if you are looking for TV aerial repair Stroud, there are plenty of specialist providers, such as Steve Unett Aerials, who are able to help. If you live in a rental property or share a communal aerial, it’s best to contact your landlord or managing agent.


It’s not just cold and wet weather that can impact a TV signal. Just last summer, the Daily Mirror reported that Freeview had issued a warning that high pressure was likely to lead to TV disruption. The advice was there was nothing homeowners could do, as it was the signal that would be affected by the hot weather until it passed.

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Snow is rare in the UK and is more likely to affect satellite dishes than aerials, as a build-up on your dish can affect reception.