New Level 3 Cold Weather Alert Issued

There is a 100% probability of severe cold weather/icy conditions/ snow between 0900 on Friday and 1800 on Saturday 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.

This is an extension to the Level 3 Alert, originally issued on Sunday 20th January. Cold conditions will persist across much of England during Friday and, for eastern areas, into Saturday. There will be a further period of significant snowfall for many parts, especially the Midlands, East Anglia and northern England, although snowfall is also possible to the north and east of London for a time overnight. Less cold conditions, already across the far southwest of England, will extend across other areas over the next 24 hours or so. This will cause snow to turn to rain across many areas but will exacerbate slipperiness as it falls on icy surfaces. Saturday. In southwestern and central southern counties of England, heavy rain is more likely. By midday Saturday, all of England is expected to be in the less cold conditions, temperatures gradually recovering and, during the next few days, mild conditions and heavy rain will clear all lying snow.

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 4647www.nhsdirect.nhs.uk or your local pharmacist.

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