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?
Research highlights that being cold is the main cause of excess winter deaths, and also causes a spike in associated health problems such as heart attacks, strokes and breathing problems.
Protect your health:
- Keep living room temperature at 70⁰F (21⁰C)
- Keep bedroom at 65⁰F (18⁰C)
- Keep your bedroom window closed at night when the weather is cold
If there is anyone you know who might be at risk, make sure they know what to do.
- Download our Winter wrapped up guide for more help and advice (PDF 1MB)
The Met Office
We’re working with the Met Office again this year - to help keep you prepared for cold weather over winter.
Met Office Cold Weather Alerts are a way of warning about cold weather conditions in advance - so you can take extra precautions to keep safe and well. They operate from November 1 to March 31 every year, in association with Public Health England.
The alerts themselves can be found on the Cold Weather Alerts page on the Met Office website, Twitter feed and on TV and radio. You can find out more about the Met Office’s Get Ready for Winter campaign too.
With 24,000 older people dying as a result of cold weather every winter, it is vital that we increase the awareness of the effects of cold weather on health.