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Met Office – Cold Weather Alert – Level 3 – Monday 15 – Thursday 18 January 2018

Level 3 – Cold Weather Action

There is a 90% probability of severe cold weather/icy conditions/heavy snow between 1200 on Monday 15 January and 0900 on Thursday 18 January 2018 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 – Widespread ice is likely during nights, with a chance of some snow from Tuesday. Low risk temperature criteria being met.

Nationally – Following rain on Monday colder, windy conditions and wintry showers will spread across England. Temperatures in the north are expected to reach criteria. In the south they may come close although confidence is lower. The showers, heavy at times, will be most frequent in the north and west and more isolated in the south and east. These will fall increasingly as sleet and snow in northern England by Tuesday. Further south, snow will largely be confined to hills, perhaps reaching lower levels for a time on Tuesday evening and night. The showers will also lead to icy stretches during overnight and in the mornings, perhaps persisting in some norther parts. On Wednesday night heavy rain and gales or severe gales are likely to move across England, bringing milder air. There is a small possibility of snow across the north of England as rain meets the colder air, and this risk will be monitored.

As always, during this period of cold weather, make sure you stay warm and if you intend to go outside dress appropriately with the correct footwear. If you remain indoors, make sure that your heating  is set to the right temperature (heating your home to at least 18 degrees Celsius in winter poses minimal risk to your health when you are wearing suitable clothing).

Due to the increase in health risks during cold weather, if there is anyone you know who might be at special risk, for example an older person living on their own, make sure they know what to do to stay warm and are well stocked with food and medications.

If you  are particularly worried about your own health, or that of someone you know please call NHS 111

Additional steps you can take to keep yourself and your friends, family and neighbours safe are:

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 If you are concerned about your health or somebody you care for, advice can be obtained from, NHS 111 or your local pharmacist.

Please refer to the national Cold Weather Plan and your Trust’s emergency 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:

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