Severe cold weather warning

This means daytime temperatures of 2 degrees Celsius or less, with the high possibility of widespread ice. 

UK Health and Security Agency's (UKHSA) Cold Weather and Heat-Health Alerting Service, operated by the Met Office, began on 1 November and runs until 31 March 2023. Sign up to receive alerts. 

Preparation

Local people are advised to prepare for the cold weather. Temperatures are dropping and may cause greater risk to vulnerable residents.

The council's emergency procedures are in place. Gritters are on standby and will be sent out to grit primary routes across the borough to keep main roads moving if freezing conditions are forecast.

The ice warning could mean difficult driving conditions, and unnecessary potential slips or falls, so we are urging residents to please be careful.

Prolonged periods of cold weather can be dangerous, especially for older people, those with underlying health conditions, and young children. This weather could increase the health risks to vulnerable patients and disrupt the delivery of services. 

Cold weather health risks and COVID-19

COVID-19 is likely to amplify the risks of cold weather. If you are eligible for a flu or COVID-19 booster jab, medical advice is that you should take up the offer.

The council is asking residents to be good neighbours during the cold weather by checking that elderly or vulnerable people in their area are safe, warm and have essential supplies.

Power and utility companies have schemes which make at-risk groups a priority for reconnection following power cuts. Find out if you meet the criteria and if so, sign up. 

Those with care responsibilities, whether that’s for family members or on a professional or voluntary basis, should consult the Cold Weather Plan for England for a range of useful advice.

Read more about  keeping warm in winter

If you are concerned about a rough sleeper please alert the local authority and outreach services by making a referral to Streetlink or on 0300 500 0914. Read more on the work to support rough sleepers.

If you are concerned about heating your home or the impact the cost of living crisis is having on you, please check out information about all the different sources of help, benefits, grants and money-saving discounts the council has on offer. 

You can also contact Simple Energy Advice online or by calling 0800 444202 for free advice on energy efficiency and national grants to help with energy bills. 

 

Updated: 12/12/2022