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Met Office – Cold Weather Alert Level 2 – Wednesday 11 to Sunday 15 January 2017

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

There is an 80 % probability of severe cold weather/icy conditions/heavy snow between 1500 on Wednesday 11 and 0600 on Sunday 15 January 2017 in parts of England, including the West Midlands (70%). This weather could increase the health risks to vulnerable patients and disrupt the delivery of services.

From Wednesday onwards the weather will become increasingly cold, with snow showers arriving, leading to severe cold weather and a risk of icy conditions. These snow showers, initially affecting northern England, where some will be prolonged and heavy, will reach more southern areas later this week.

West Midlands – Increasing risk of snow showers, severe cold weather and icy conditions from Thursday onwards.

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

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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