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Met Office – Cold Weather Alert Level 3 – Wednesday 10 – Friday 12 January 2018

Level 3 – Cold Weather Action

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 Wednesday 10 January and 0900 on Friday 12 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 – A milder spell Wednesday daytime, then colder with some parts seeing overnight frosts.

Nationally – Cloud and rain pushing across the UK on Wednesday will bring a spell of milder conditions for a time. Much of the rain will clear on Wednesday evening, however cloud and some outbreaks of light rain or drizzle are likely to persist for longer over southern and eastern parts of England during Thursday and early Friday, including the East Midlands which has been reduced to a level 1. However, some colder, clearer spells are still possible in these areas, with localised frosts and some fog or freezing fog patches. Southwest England may see clearer spells, although with slightly milder day time temperatures. Across North East, North West, Yorkshire and Humber and West Midlands, clearer, colder conditions are likely to be more extensive with more widespread frost during the nights and possible freezing fog patches.

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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