Met office issue a Level 2 Cold Warning Alert for Wirral and the surrounding merseyside area.
The Met Office say ‘There is a 80% probability of severe cold weather, icy conditions and some snow’. The Alert has been issued for between 0000 on Friday and 0600 on Sunday because this type of weather could increase the health risks to vulnerable patients such as the elderly, the very young or people with respiratory problems or illnesses. Cold and bad weather can also disrupt the delivery of services to those that need care.
The reason why the alert has been issued is due to the recent cold and unsettled weather thats expected to continue through to the coming weekend.
A band of rain is expected during Thursday night. There is also a risk of some snow down to lower levels at times in eastern and northeastern parts, although we think it will mostly fall as rain and hail on the wirral, with possibly the odd moment of sleety snow. Rain and snow will clear early on Friday leaving bright but cold conditions. Brisk winds will exacerbate the cold feel at times and so the feel like temperature may not be much above 0C. A widespread frost is expected on Friday night. Saturday will see another bright day and despite lighter winds it will still feel cold. Another frost is expected on Saturday night before milder conditions along with wind and rain spread in from the west on Sunday.
The yellow warning for snow and ice has been issued for Friday and according to the met office snow or sleety snow could occur on the wirral, although we think theres a chance it will be mostly be rain and hail. The Met Office have said: “there is the risk of widespread ice on untreated surfaces in time for the morning rush hour” and “the public should be aware of the potential of disruption to travel and also of hazardous driving conditions”.
Prolonged periods of cold weather can be dangerous, especially for the very young, the elderly and those with chronic diseases or respiratory problems. Checking on elderly neighbours or relatives to make sure they are safe and warm is advised.
If you want more information about how cold weather can affect your health please visit www.nhs.uk. If you are concerned about your health or somebody you care for, advice can be obtained from www.nhs.uk/winterhealth, NHS 111 or your local pharmacist.
Wirral Council Social Care: 0151 677 6557
Arrowe Park Hospital: 0151 678 5111
Clatterbridge Hospital: 0151 334 4000
St Catherines Hospital: 0151 651 0011
Yesterday the region was on alert for high winds. This was the scene at New Brighton and Hoylake: