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Met Office Issues Level 3 Cold Weather Warning

February 4, 2015
Public Health

Continued cold weather in England has prompted the Met Office to issue a Level 3 Cold Weather Warning until Sunday 7th February, requiring social and healthcare services to target specific actions at high-risk groups.

Forecasters say there is a 90% probability of severe cold weather over the next few days leading to possible problems for vulnerable people. Dr Angie Bone, head of extreme events at Public Health England, is asking everyone to be vigilant during the cold snap.

“Take some time to think about how the bad weather may affect your friends and family, particularly if they are older or very young or have pre-existing health conditions. These groups can be particularly vulnerable,” She said. “Although most of our advice on keeping warm and well in cold weather may seem like common sense, it’s important to remember that cold kills, even in places where the temperatures aren’t at their lowest.”

A Level 3 cold weather warning is issued when the mean temperature is set to remain below 2 degrees Celsius for at least 48 hours, there is heavy snow or widespread ice.

The current warning will be reviewed on a daily basis; if the wintery conditions persist experts are concerned that they could give rise to the highest number of excess winter deaths in 15 years. Age UK are warning that one person could die every seven minutes this winter and are calling on the government to improve energy efficiency in homes.    

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