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Met Office Cold Weather Alert Level 3 – Tuesday 24 to Saturday 28 January 2017

There is a 90 % probability of severe cold weather/icy conditions/heavy snow between 0900 on Tuesday 24 and 0900 on Saturday 28 January 2017 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 – While frosts and some freezing fog are possible, especially in the east, a very gradual trend to less cold conditions is expected for the first part of the working week.

The focus of the cold weather is expected to be the southeast during the first part of the working week, and for this reason these regions (East, Southeast and

London) retain 90% ‘amber’ probabilities. Southwest reduces a level to join the remainder of England on ‘yellow’ (60-80% likelihood).

Provisionally, later this working week, the focus of the lowest temperatures and cold weather should extend northwards through eastern England at least, with

Yorkshire and Humber perhaps most likely to be the main focus. This comes as less cold and breezier conditions are expected to make very slow progress from

the northwest to reduce the likelhood of exceeding low temperature thresholds by this time in parts of western England.

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

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

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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