Level 3 Cold Alert

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Level 3 cold weather alert

A Level 3 cold weather alert has been issued from the Met office from 0900 on Thursday 07 Dec and 0800 on Tuesday 12 Dec in South East England. This means that there is a 90% probability of severe cold weather/icy conditions/heavy snow during this time.

It will be cold throughout the day and night with biting winds. Weather is expected to remain very cold over the weekend and beyond the current alert period. Further updates will be provided if there are any changes.
Temperatures are likely to drop to levels that increase the risk of ill health among vulnerable adults, particularly older people, those with long term conditions and those living in cold homes.

Age UK has produced the attached guidance which I would be grateful if you could share with your staff and clients and community members.


Key Messages

Make sure that you stay warm. If going outside make sure you dress appropriately. If indoors, make sure that you keep your heating to the right temperature;

· Heating homes to at least 18°C (65F) in winter poses minimal risk to the health of a sedentary person, wearing suitable clothing.

· The 18°C (65F) threshold is particularly important for people 65 years and over or with pre-existing medical conditions; having temperatures slightly above this threshold may be beneficial for health

· maintaining the 18°C (65F) threshold overnight may be beneficial to protect the health of those 65 years and over or with pre-existing medical conditions; they should continue to use sufficient bedding, clothing and thermal blankets, or heating aids as appropriate

· 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.

· If you are worried about your health or that of somebody you know, ring NHS 111

· More information is available on the winter health pages at NHS Choices (www.nhs.uk)”