The Met Office say ‘there is an 90% probability of severe cold weather and icy conditions between 6pm on Thursday and 12pm on Monday’.
After less cold conditions overnight Wednesday and for a time on Thursday, increasingly cold air will spread from the northwest across England on Thursday night and during Friday.
Average temperatures are expected to continue falling through the weekend, with a northerly airstream likely to be established by Sunday. Daytime temperatures will struggle to reach above 4C and the nightly lows will be just below freezing.
Due to predicted rainfall during this cold weather on Saturday there is a chance of sleety snow and hail showers. Frost and ice are expected to become increasingly widespread through the period, with some severe overnight frosts likely in the north over any snow cover by Monday. The Monday morning rush hour could see temperatures of -1 in parts of Wirral.
With the added wind chill the feel like temperature will be much less than the actual temperature, so the next few days and into next week will feel bitterly cold.
Severe Cold Weather details & advice:
Stage: LEVEL 3 – This stage requires social and healthcare services to target specific actions at high-risk groups.
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. A room temperature of around 18C usually the temperature a vulnerable person needs to stay warm.
Dr Angie Bone of the Extreme Events team at Public Health England said: “Our advice is that when indoors, have plenty of warm food and drinks to stay warm and try to maintain indoor temperatures to at least 18C, particularly if you are not mobile, have long term illness or are 65 or over.
“If mobility isn’t an issue keep active as best you can. If you need to go out wear lots of thin layers and wear shoes with a good, slip-resistant grip to prevent any accidental falls.
She added: “This is also a good time to think about how the bad weather may affect your friends and family, particularly if they are older or very young or have pre-existing health conditions.
Please refer to the national Cold Weather Plan and your Trust’s emergency plan for appropriate preventive action. This can be found here.
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.
The obvious advice is to wrap up warm and avoid skin exposure.
Wirral Council Social Care: 0151 677 6557
Arrowe Park Hospital: 0151 678 5111
Clatterbridge Hospital: 0151 334 4000
St Catherines Hospital: 0151 651 0011
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