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Yorkshire back on cold weather alert

Yorkshire back on cold weather alert

Published at 5:29pm 11th January 2016. (Updated at 5:35pm 11th January 2016)

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

The Met Office Level 2 alert means that there is a 60% chance of severe weather in the next 48 hours, with average temperatures of 2C or below.

There is also the possibility of wintry showers, overnight frost and a chance of icy patches.

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

Dr Mike Gent, Deputy Director for Health Protection in Yorkshire and the Humber, said: "It's very important to remember that cold does kill, even in places where the temperatures aren't at their lowest. Most of our advice on keeping warm in cold weather may seem like common sense, but it's important to remind people how cold can affect them.

"Our advice is that when indoors, have plenty of warm food and drinks to stay warm and try to maintain indoor temperatures to at least 18°C, particularly if you have to sit still for long periods, have long-term illness or are 65 or over.

"Before bad weather arrives is a good 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 to the ill-effects of cold, so think now what you could do to help - if you, or they, are eligible for a flu vaccination make sure you get it as soon as you can."

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