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Met Office – Cold Weather Alert Level 3

Met Office

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 between 000 on Saturday 06 January and 1800 on Tuesday 09 January 2018 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 – Turning cold later Saturday with brisk winds, as rain clears. Staying cold, with overnight frosts thereafter.

National – Colder conditions will spread south across much of England during Saturday as a northeasterly airflow develops. There is a risk of scattered wintry showers in the North East and also Yorkshire and Humber during Saturday with localised icy stretches possible, before easing on Saturday night. Widespread overnight frosts will then develop across all except the far south and parts of East England. However brisk winds are also expected, especially during Sunday, leading to a noticeable wind chill across the southern half of England.

During Monday and Tuesday, cloudier conditions are expected, however it will remain rather cold. Strong southerly winds will then develop, as bands of rain approach from the west, potentially leading to some recovery in temperatures by

Wednesday. However confidence is low in the timing of any milder temperatures, and the breakdown of the cold weather.

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

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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