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Cold weather alert

Published on 17 December 2021 04:02 PM

The Met Office has issued a level 2 Cold Weather Alert for North East England, North West England, Yorkshire and the Humber.

There is a 60% probability of severe cold weather and between 9.00am on Sunday 19 December and 12:00noon on Friday 24 December in parts of England. There is a strong chance of temperatures falling below 2°C please try to keep warm and well.

You should try to heat their home to a steady temperature throughout the day and at night-time too. The Met Office, recommend keeping your home heated to at least 18°C (64°F), and wear suitable clothing. It is also best to keep bedroom windows shut on a winter’s night.

Beat the bad weather with these simple steps:
  • If bad weather is forecast, make sure you have everything you need. Check you've got enough medication and food in case it's harder to leave the house. A bottle of water could be handy if the water supply is interrupted.
  • Have torches handy around the home in case of a power cut. And some spare batteries too!
  • Keep emergency numbers nearby. Call 105 in the event of a power cut – you can report a power cut and get information and advice if there is one in your area. You can also register with your supplier so they'll call you in the event of a power cut.
  • Take extra care if the ground is slippery. Wear shoes with good grip and consider keeping salt and sand mixture handy to grit paths. You could ask your neighbours for help to clear paths or driveways clear in bad weather – most people are more than happy to help.
  • Plan ahead when driving. Try to avoid going out in the car in bad weather if possible, and make sure you follow advice on driving conditions near you. If you do need to go out, pack up the following kit in case you get stuck: blankets, a bottle of water or flask of hot drink, some snacks, a shovel, a de-icer or scraper, a mobile phone and charger.
Go to our Keep Warm Keep Well page for more information.  
More detailed forecasts for individual regions can be found on the Met Office website