Cold weather alert for the weekend

Published on: Thursday, 11-December-2014

We have received an alert from the Met Office advising that there is likely to be severe cold weather, icy conditions and some snow between midnight on Friday (12 December) until 6.00am on Sunday (14 December) in parts of England.

This weather could increase the health risks to vulnerable residents and cause disruption to the delivery of services.

The forecast for the North West indicates there is a risk of icy conditions and some snow, particularly over hills. A significant wind chill will also exacerbate the cold feel at times.

The current cold snap can be dangerous for a number of people, including older people, babies and young children. 
Follow the tips below to ensure you stay safe during the cold weather:

  • Have plenty of hot food and drinks.
  • Wear lots of thin layers (clothes made from cotton, wool or fleecy fibres).
  • Homes should be heated to the right temperature: at least 18°C (65˚F)
  • If you can’t heat all the rooms you use, heat the living room during the day and your bedroom just before you go to bed.
  • Check on elderly and vulnerable relatives and neighbours.

Further information can be found at www.metoffice.gov.uk/learning/get-ready-for-winter