Health warning issued as temperatures start to fall

Remigio Civitarese
Febbraio 25, 2018

There are four different levels of cold weather alert, the highest is a level 4 and means the weather conditions could cause a national emergency.

They continued: "Not everyone will see snowfall, however 5-10cm is possible where showers do line up, with the greatest risk across eastern and southeastern counties".

"Interestingly, the stratosphere has warmed significantly above the North Pole, an event known as sudden stratospheric warming, which is linked with low temperatures and cold easterly winds across the United Kingdom".

A spokesperson for the Met Office told the Echo on Thursday that temperatures will struggle to get above freezing next week and it could feel like minus 6 or minus seven.

Minimum temperatures next week are forecast between -5C to -8C but it is expected to feel much colder.

"We haven't had temperatures that low in late February since 2013".

Hospitals are now on alert with Public Health England issuing a health warning from today.

The Met Office has forecast that temperatures will drop over the weekend and for people to prepare for a prolonged spell of cold weather from Monday onwards.

Public Health England (PHE) is giving advice on the importance of keeping well and warm as ice is expected across the Portsmouth area.

"We urge people to keep in mind to check weather forecasts and plan their day carefully around the weather".

'Take extra care if outside to prevent any accidental slips from icy or snowy pavements. Clear paths outside your house if possible.

"If there is anyone you know who might be at special risk, for example, an older person living on their own, make sure they know what to do to stay warm and are well stocked with food and medications". Wear lots of thin layers, eat regular warm and well-balanced meals, and remember that moving about will help keep you warm.

Dr Thomas Waite, of the PHE Extreme Events team, said: "Cold temperatures, indoors and out, pose real health risks to many and every winter we know that thousands of people get ill and even die following exposure to cold conditions. Also think about helping any vulnerable neighbours and if you think they could be having a stroke Act FAST and call 999".

Dorset Highways now has 7,5000 tonnes of salt in stock and will be using two driving crews each week during the cold snap.

Martin Hill, operations service manager, said: "We'll be assessing each day as it comes to decide which activities we can carry out and how best to deploy our workers".

The cold snap will affect the whole of the United Kingdom from Sunday night with temperatures expected to drop to -8C in some areas. And the community link roads may be added to our routes.

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