Level 3 Cold Weather Alert Issued

There is a 90% probability of severe cold weather/icy conditions/heavy snow between 09:00 on Friday and 12:00 on Sunday in parts of England. This weather could increase the health risks to vulnerable patients and disrupt the delivery of services. Please refer to the national Cold Weather Plan and your Trust’s emergency plan for appropriate preventive action.

Cold weather is expected to continue through to Sunday with widespread overnight frosts expected this coming night and again on Saturday night. Many areas from East Anglia and the Midlands northwards are expected to see the temperatures threshold being met. A band of rain, sleet and hill snow moving southwards on Friday night across northern England brings an increased risk of ice. Overnight icy patches may also form elsewhere were seepage occurs after recent wet weather. The weather is expected to turn more unsettled from the west during Sunday. Rain may be preceded by hill snow over the Pennines before less cold conditions become established.

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, please contact NHS Direct on 0845 4647,www.nhsdirect.nhs.uk or your local pharmacist.

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