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Met Office – Cold Weather Alert Level 3 – Sunday 4 – Friday 9 February 2018

Met Office – Cold Weather Alert

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

There is a 90% probability of severe cold weather/icy conditions/heavy snow between 0900 on Sunday 4 February and 0900 on Friday 9 February 2018 in parts of England including the West Midlands (90%). This weather could increase the health risks to vulnerable patients and disrupt the delivery of services.

West Midlands – Trigger criteria is likely to be met for low temperatures during this week, with a risk of slight snow accumulations and ice, mainly Tuesday.

Nationally Cold weather has now set in, with brisk northeasterly winds in the south. There is now high confidence for a period of cold weather this week, raising the Alert to level 3 for all areas. Some snow showers are expected along the east coast, perhaps persistent across parts of Kent, through the Thames Estuary and into Sussex. This will bring a risk of icy stretches on roads and pavements with some localised slight accumulations possible Monday morning. A weakening band of snow then spreads southeast Tuesday, with some slight to moderate accumulations, most likely in the north and west, but possible elsewhere too. There is the low risk of further snow accumulations in the far southeast and east as this clears

Wednesday morning. The cold weather will then persist until the end of the week, with another band of rain, sleet or snow spreading southeastwards on Thursday and Friday. This could bring some less cold conditions for a time, perhaps lifting conditions above alert criteria in the south. However confidence is low at this stage, and this alert may need to be extended later this week, most probably for the north.

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 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.

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

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