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Met Office – Cold Weather Alert Level 3 – Wednesday 8 to Monday 15 February 2017

There is a 90 % probability of severe cold weather / icy conditions/ heavy snow between 0900 on Wednesday 08 and 1500 on Monday 15 February 2017 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 – Cold with low daytime temperatures and overnight frost, with isolated light sleet and snow showers at times. Most likely turning less cold from Monday. Significant wind chill developing in exposure.

Prolonged colder conditions are expected across all regions through the rest of this week and during the weekend, as cold easterly flow establishes. Low

daytime temperatures and sharp frosts overnight are the main features, also scattered, mainly light snow showers affecting eastern regions. Added to this will

be a slowly strengthening easterly wind, which will add a significant wind chill effect especially along eastern coastal areas.

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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