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Met Office – Cold Weather Alert Level 2 – Wednesday 4 – Friday 6 January 2017

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

There is an 80 % probability of severe cold weather between 0600 on Wednesday 04 and 1500 on Friday 06 January 2017 in parts of England, including the West Midlands. This weather could increase the health risks to vulnerable patients and disrupt the delivery of services.

West Midlands – A northerly air flow will lead to cold weather returning Wednesday. Winds become light overnight, with widespread frost expected. Cold conditions persist Thursday, before less cold air returns during Friday.

After a brief milder spell Tuesday, a further period of cold conditions is expected to become established from Wednesday morning. This is due to a brief northerly

air flow developing, before pressure builds across England overnight, leading to a widespread frost. Thursday then remains cold, with further frost likely overnight. Less cold air will then move in from the west through Friday.

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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