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The snow is causing havoc with satellite TV – that may seem a bit of an odd statement, even for a British summer, which isn’t generally known for its quality and rampant sunshine.

And indeed, we’re not talking about satellite systems in Worthing, or elsewhere in the UK, as the snow is plaguing a country on the other side of the globe: New Zealand. June is, as you’re no doubt aware, winter down under.

The district of Canterbury on the south island of New Zealand was hit by some massive snow falls last week. This caused havoc, and interrupted the electricity supply to a number of homes in the area, for quite some time, too.

Around 50 homes in more rural areas still didn’t have power back on when the weekend rolled around, leaving some without heating. Less seriously, Sky TV customers and their satellite dishes found themselves affected by the deluge of white stuff.

And Sky over in New Zealand offered up some helpful hints as to what to do, and what not to do, given that situation, The Press.co.nz reported.

So what’s this got to do with the UK? Obviously, the same advice applies to a viewer of Sky TV in Crawley, as it does to those in Canterbury, New Zealand, when winter arrives. Particularly if we have another bad one as we did the winter before last.

What shouldn’t you do with your Sky dish when it’s covered in the snow, and you can’t get a picture as a result?

You shouldn’t throw a tennis ball at it, or poke it with a broom. Such heavy handed measures are likely to knock the dish out of alignment, causing further problems.

The best course of action, which Sky says is okay, is to hose the dish down to remove any snow causing an issue. Remember to unplug your Sky box at the mains first, though.

If you must use a broom or similarly long piece of wood, be very careful not to touch the dish itself.

In the worst case scenario, if heavy snow has bent a component on your dish such as the LNB bracket, then you’re best calling on the services of an expert firm. Mays Aerials will sort any problems with a minimum of fuss, from a standard Sky dish, through to a motorised satellite dish installation in Southampton.