A Level 2 Cold Weather Alert has been issued for the South East between 18:00 on Friday 26th November and 15:00 on Monday 29th November. A Level 2 Alert means there is a 60% likelihood that the mean temperature is expected to be at or below 2°C for a period of 48 hours, and/or heavy snow/widespread ice.
The current advice from the Met Office, in conjunction with the UK Health Security Agency, is:
“Prolonged periods of cold weather can be dangerous, especially for older people, those with underlying health conditions, and young children. If you’re able, ask if your friends, family or neighbours need any support. Stock up foods and medicines so you don’t have to go out too much when it’s cold or icy. When indoors, stay warm, heat homes to at least 18°C, and keep up-to-date with the weather forecast. If you want more information about how cold weather can affect your health please visit the NHS website. If you are concerned about your health or somebody you care for, advice can be obtained from NHS Winter Health, NHS or your local pharmacist. More information can be found at the Cold Weather Plan for England page.”
Please refer to the resources sent at the beginning of the Cold Weather Period (below).
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We have now entered cold weather season which is operational from 1st November 2021 to 31st March 2022.
Cold Weather Alerts ensure that residents can access information and resources to help them protect themselves and support vulnerable family, friends, and neighbours.
Cold weather increases the risk of heart attacks, strokes, lung illnesses, flu, falls and injuries, particularly in older people and those with long-term health conditions. It is therefore important that swift action is taken when a cold weather Level 2 alert or higher comes to you (Level 2 alert = 60% likelihood that the mean temperature is expected to be at or below 2°C for a period of 48 hours, and/or heavy snow/ widespread ice, in the coming days).
The added challenge of the COVID-19 is likely to amplify the risks of cold weather with vulnerable people more susceptable to the impact of cold temperatures overlapping with those who are susceptible to illness from COVID-19. These shared risk factors mean the cold weather period is of even greater importance this year if we are to protect the health of our communities.
Each time the Met Office raises an alert with the relevant information a Cold Weather Alert will be added to this page.