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Met Office – Cold Weather Alert – Level 2 – Alert & Readiness

There is a 60 % probability of severe cold weather between 0900 on Monday 13 and 0900 on Tuesday 14 February 2017 in parts of England, including the West Midlands (60%). This weather could increase the health risks to vulnerable patients and disrupt the delivery of services.

West Midlands – Temperatures are marginal to exceed the 2C in 48 criterion, however strong winds will make it feel colder than temperatures suggest.

Lighter winds and higher temperatures spreading north on Tuesday, and especially on Wednesday, should mean that this alert is unlikely to be extended further.

Please refer to the national Cold Weather Plan and plan for appropriate preventive action.

www.metoffice.gov.uk/public/weather/cold-weather-alert/#?tab=coldWeatherAlert

An update will be issued when the alert level changes in any region. Alerts are issued once a day by 0900 if required and are not subject to amendment in between standard issue times. Note that the details of the forecast weather are valid at the time of issue but may change over the period that an alert remains in force. These details will not be updated here unless the alert level also changes, the latest forecast details can be obtained at the following link:

http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/public/weather/forecast/#?tab=map

Advice: Prolonged periods of cold weather can be dangerous, especially for the very young, very old or those with chronic diseases.

If you want more information about how cold weather can affect your health please visit www.nhs.uk. If you are concerned about your health or somebody you care for, advice can be obtained from www.nhs.uk/winterhealth, NHS 111 or your local pharmacist.

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