Level 3 Cold Weather Alert Issued

There is a 90% probability of severe cold weather/icy conditions between 09:00 on Wednesday and 07:00 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.

Turning colder across all areas through the remainder of the week with cold conditions looking set to continue into the start of next week. Rather cloudy conditions are expected too with the best of any bright or clear spells across western parts. It will remain dry and settled for most through this period although there will be a few snow flurries at time, particularly for eastern areas. At this stage, disruptive accumulations of snow are not expected but some localised slight accumulations are possible. Brisk easterly winds will also exacerbate the cold feel, especially in southern areas where penetrating overnight frosts are likely. Untreated roads and pavements are likely to be icy over the next five days. No major disruption from snow is expected.

An update will be issued when the alert level changes in any region. Alerts are issued once a day by 0900 if required and are not subject to amendment in between standard issue times. Note that the details of the forecast weather are valid at the time of issue but may change over the period that an alert remains in force. These details will not be updated here unless the alert level also changes, the latest forecast details can be obtained here.

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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