created by Age UK published on 13 January 2017

Weather forecasters have predicted a cold snap in all regions of England until Sunday 15th January.  Sleet, snow and severe frosts are forecast in some regions over the next few days.

What is a Cold Weather Alert?

Cold Weather Alerts are issued by the Met Office when winter weather is most likely to significantly impact people’s health, i.e.

  • when the mean temperature falls below 2°C for 48 hours or longer
  • during heavy snow and/or during widespread ice

Only one of these thresholds needs to be met or exceeded for an alert to be triggered.

What should I do?

Keep warm and well this winter. As you get older it takes longer to warm up which can be bad for your health. The cold thickens blood and increases blood pressure, and breathing in cold air can increase the risk of chest infections.

The ideal temperature is 64°F (18°C) for your bedroom and 70°F (21°C) for your living room. Check your thermostat or use a room thermometer to monitor temperature, and keep your bedroom window shut on a winter’s night.

If there is anyone you know who might be at risk, make sure they know what to do.

Our Winter wrapped up guide explains what you can do to get yourself and your home ready for winter, as well as where to go for more information and support.




Read our practical winter wrapped up guide for some useful tips on heating your home, eating well and other resources to keep warm. 

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