Health advice issued ahead of this weekends cold UK weather

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Temperatures will feel closer to -2 this weekend due to strong winds.

The Met Office have placed Merseyside on a level 2 cold weather alert this weekend, as temperatures are set to drop due to Air from the Arctic sweeping across the UK.

Daytime temperatures will be around 6C and nightly lows will drop to 1C, added to the strong winds that are predicted, forecasters say that the weather could feel closer to -2.

READ MORE: Strong Arctic winds will give Merseyside a taste of Winter this weekend

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Met Office cold weather alerts

There’s a very small chance that Merseyside could see the odd sleet/snow shower too but forecasters point out that the ground will be too warm across most areas for anything to settle, so the weekend is expected to cold but mostly dry and bright.

A level 2 cold weather alert is triggered by the Met Office as soon as the risk from cold weather is 60% or above, which is an important stage for social and healthcare services to reduce harm from a potential period of cold weather.

The NHS have give the following advice for the cold weather:

  • Keep your doors closed to block out draughts.
  • Have regular hot drinks and eat at least one hot meal a day if possible. Eating regularly helps keep energy levels up during winter.
  • Wrap up warm and wear shoes with a good grip if you need to go outside on cold days.
  • If you have reduced mobility, are 65 or over, or have a health condition such as heart or lung disease, you should heat your home to at least 18C.
  • Travel carefully in icy weather.
  • Check on vulnerable neighbours and relatives.

Wirral gritters are also on standby due to the weekends cold snap:

Temperatures next week will recover and so the start of next week will feel slightly milder, as the winds pick up more of a westerly component, but it will be rather unsettled again with several areas of low pressure spreading in.

 For more help and advice during cold weather visit the NHS Stay Well Website

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