Cold Weather Alert - staying healthy during the cold spell


The Met Office has issued a Level 2 ‘Alert and Preparedness’ Cold Weather Alert for London.

Keep warm, keep well

Keep warm, keep well

There is a 60% probability of trigger temperatures being met and of severe cold weather, icy conditions, snow between now and 9am on Monday 25 January in parts of England.

Icy stretches are likely to form which could lead to some disruption to travel with snow falling in some places. The Met Office advise that there is the potential for icy patches on untreated surfaces leading to difficult driving conditions and the risk of slips and falls. So please be careful while out for your daily exercise, especially walking and cycling.

Prolonged periods of cold weather can be dangerous for the vulnerable as well. This includes for older people, those with underlying health conditions, and young children. The freezing weather conditions could increase the health risks to vulnerable patients and disrupt the delivery of residents

Try to follow these key pieces of winter weather advice:

  • Try to heat your home to at least 18 degrees Celsius.
  • Have hot drinks regularly and at least one hot meal a day.
  • Try to ensure you have stocks of food and medicines ready so you don’t need to go out in extremely cold weather.
  • While continuing to adhere to the COVID-19 restrictions, try to check on the welfare of elderly and vulnerable friends, neighbours and relatives to make sure they are okay.

Aside from the challenges of the pandemic, it's also cold and flu season, so it's really important you take the time to look after your health and wellbeing. You can find lots more helpful information at the NHS site for Keeping Warm and Well.