Public Health England issue ‘cold weather can still kill’ warning as temperatures set to plummet on Merseyside

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Temperatures are set to plummet to the coldest in several years next week as winds from Russia blast into the UK.

Current forecasts point to Wednesday being the coldest day of the week, with highs of just 1C and nightly lows of -3C.

This will lead to a hard frost in some areas which will linger throughout the day and forecasters say that it could get even colder as the week progresses.

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The weather will be bitterly cold outside as winds will be gusty, meaning temperatures during the morning rush hour will feel closer to -7C.

Shockingly the Met Office predict that the cold snap could last into mid march, with the forecaster predicting “Some locally significant snowfalls are likely although details will remain uncertain until much nearer the event.

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“Strong winds will make it feel bitterly cold at times. Widespread, locally severe frosts are likely.

“The cold weather will continue into early March, with the northwest seeing the best of any brighter weather”

The extremely cold weather has resulted in Public Health England issuing health warnings as vulnerable people could be affected by the freezing weather to come.

Dr Thomas Waite, of Public Health England’s Extreme Events team, said: “With the days feeling a little longer and lighter it can be easy to forget that cold weather can still kill.

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“Over 65s, those with conditions like heart and lung diseases and young children, are all at particular risk in cold weather as their bodies struggle to cope when temperatures fall.

“So before it gets cold check on friends, family and neighbours, who may be at risk and make sure they’re heating homes to at least 18C, see if they need any particular help or just someone to talk to and keep an eye on the Met Office’s forecasts and warnings. Remember keeping warm will help keep you well.”

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