There is a 100% probability of severe cold weather/icy conditions/heavy snow between 09:00 on Sunday and 06:00 on Thursday 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.
The cold weather is set to continue across all areas into the coming week. Daytime temperatures will continue to struggle to rise above freezing in many areas with widespread overnight frosts and ice. Further snow is expected too, particularly in eastern areas on Sunday and Monday. Sleet and snow is possible again across some areas on Tuesday. It is then expected to become more drier and more settled on Wednesday and Thursday.
Amber — Severe weather action
Triggered by the Met Office when we are experiencing weather which breaches any of the thresholds. This stage requires social and healthcare services to target specific actions at high-risk groups.
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.