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Cold weather warning

Cold weather warning

Published at 6:03am 1st January 2017.

Health bosses in Yorkshire are asking everyone to prepare for cold weather.

The Met Office is warning that temperatures will drop from New Year's Day until Tuesday.

Because of this, Public Health England (PHE) says people should keep an eye out for those most at risk over the coming days.

Dr Mike Gent, Deputy Director of Health Protection at PHE Yorkshire and the Humber, said: "Every winter, thousands of people die because of their exposure to cold weather and doctors' surgeries, hospitals and other parts of the NHS are kept busy as people fall ill - that's why it's really important that we all do everything we can to ensure everyone stays well this winter.

"Think about how the coming cold temperatures may affect your friends, family and neighbours, particularly if they are older or very young or have pre-existing health conditions. These groups can be particularly at risk from the ill-effects of cold, so think now what you could do to help.

"Keeping homes heated to at least 18C is a great way to avoid the health problems from cold, as is stocking up on food and medicine before cold weather sets in and wearing lots of thin layers instead of fewer thick ones.

"Much of this is common sense, but there are people at very real risk when temperatures drop. Now is the time to think about what we can all do for ourselves and others."

More advice available at www.nhs.uk/staywell