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Weather Alert



The Met Office has this morning updated its Cold Health Alert for the South East to Yellow. This is due to be in effect until midday on Tuesday 5 December.

Yellow Cold Health Alerts are issued when significant impacts are possible across the health and social care sector due to the forecast weather conditions. These possible impacts include:

  • Observed increase in mortality across the population - particularly in the 65+ age group or those with certain underlying health conditions
  • Where impacts may also be seen in younger age groups
  • Likely increased demand for remote health care services
  • Possible impacts on the ability of services delivered due to the effects their workforce
  • Maintaining indoor temperatures at the recommended 18°c may become challenging for some, leading to increased risks to vulnerable people

Below are some key resources you may find useful:  

General Guidance 

· Keeping warm and well: staying safe in cold weather - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

· Cold weather and health: supporting vulnerable people - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

Specific guidance for your setting or sector  

· Cold-Health Alert action card for the voluntary and community sector - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

· Cold-Health Alert action card for commissioners - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

· Cold-Health Alert action card for health and social care providers - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)


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