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Met Office – Cold Weather Alert Level 3 – Thursday 19 to Tuesday 24 January 2017

There is a 90 % probability of severe cold weather/icy conditions/heavy snow between 0900 on Thursday 19 and 0900 on Tuesday 24 January 2017 in parts of England, including the West Midlands (80%). This weather could increase the health risks to vulnerable patients and disrupt the delivery of services.

West Midlands – Settled conditions and light winds are likely to continue through the weekend. Mean temperatures are likely to gradually lower, with an increasing risk of colder temperatures from Sunday morning to Tuesday morning.

The south is expected to remain cold, as increasingly colder air continues to spread northwards across the country. This combined with generally clear skies,

settled conditions and light winds has led to an increased risk of cold conditions continuing for southern areas from Thursday morning with overnight frosts. The

cold air is expected to spread further north through the weekend, with an increased risk of lower temperatures. However with more cloud than in the south,

the confidence is slightly lower than for southern areas.

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:

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.

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