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Yorkshire on cold weather alert

Yorkshire on cold weather alert

Published at 4:13pm 19th November 2015. (Updated at 4:19pm 19th November 2015)

A cold weather warning has been issued for Yorkshire and the Humber.

The Met Office Level 2 alert means that, between Friday evening and Monday morning, there is a 60% chance of severe weather, with average temperatures of 2C or below.

Widespread overnight frosts are expected, with localised icy conditions and wintry showers possible, and there will be strong to gale force winds.

Public Health England is reminding everyone to look out for vulnerable people and take care whilst out and about.

Dr Wendy Phillips, Deputy Director for Health Protection in Yorkshire and the Humber, said: "People should check weather forecasts before heading out, ensure they wear lots of thin layers, and have plenty of warm food and drinks to stay warm. They should also wear shoes with a good, slip-resistant grip to prevent any accidental falls.

"When indoors, it's critical that people stay warm, particularly if they are 65 or over, have long-term health conditions or young children. It's a good time to think about how the bad weather may affect any friends or family who can be particularly vulnerable to the ill-effects of cold and do what you can to help - for example, encouraging anyone eligible to get a flu vaccination."

Top tips to prepare for colder weather:

  • Look out for friends and family who may be vulnerable to the cold and ensure they have access to warm food and drinks and are managing to heat their homes adequately.
  • Try to maintain indoor temperatures to at least 18C, particularly if you are not mobile, have long-term illness or are 65 or over.
  • Stay tuned to Stray FM for weather forecasts, ensure you are stocked with food and medications in advance, have deliveries or ask a friend to help.
  • Take weather into account when planning your activity over the following days.
  • If eligible, seek entitlements and benefits such as Winter Fuel Payments and Cold Weather Payments, which are available to some.
  • If you meet the criteria, register for priority service with your energy and water suppliers.
  • Avoid exposing yourself to cold or icy outdoor conditions if you are at a higher risk of cold-related illness or falls.
  • Discuss with friends and neighbours about clearing snow and ice from in front of your house and public walkways nearby.

The NHS Stay Well this Winter campaign has more useful advice at www.nhs.uk/staywell