Level 2 Cold Weather Alert Issued

There is a 70% probability of icy conditions/ snow between 00:00 on Tuesday and 08:00 on Wednesday 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.

Temperatures will drop across England from Monday onwards as a result of a cold, very windy northwesterly flow setting in. Wintry showers on Monday will be followed by an awkward mix of rain, sleet and snow around midweek, this likely to be followed by further wintry showers in the very cold arctic northerly flow. However, the primary concern at first is for temperatures and a significant wind chill, and there is now an increased probability of mean temperatures of 2 Celsius or less occurring in many areas of England from Tuesday onwards.

Yellow — Alert and readiness

Triggered by the Met Office as soon as the risk is 60% or above for any of the thresholds to be breached. This is an important stage for social and healthcare services who will be working to ensure readiness and swift action to reduce harm from a potential period of cold weather.

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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