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Cold Weather Alert

Prolonged periods of cold weather can be dangerous, especially for the very young, very old or those with chronic diseases.

The Met Office has issued a level 2 cold weather alert for the South East region, this means there is a 60% chance of severe winter weather between 2100 on Monday 28th November and 1500 on Friday 2nd December.

Level 2: Severe winter weather is forecast – Alert and readiness

Mean temperature of 2°C and/or widespread ice and heavy snow are predicted within 48 hours, with 80% confidence.

  • Have regular contact with vulnerable people and neighbours you know to be at risk in cold weather – ensure they have access to warm food and drinks and are managing to heat their home adequately. Homes should be heated to at least 18°C to minimise risk to health.
  • Stay tuned into the weather forecast, and ensure you are stocked with food and medications in advance (have deliveries or ask a friend to help).
    Take the weather into account when planning your activity over the following days.
  • Avoid exposing yourself to cold or icy outdoor conditions if you are at a higher risk of cold-related illness or falls.
  • Discuss with friends and neighbours about clearing snow and ice from in front of your house and public walkways nearby, if you are unable to do this yourself.

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.

Information taken from Met Office.

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