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Sunday, 1 January 2017

A health alert has been issued as a cold snap across London and the south-east was forecast to continue into the New Year.


The MET office said the mercury is expected to plummet again as the New Year arrives, prompting Public Health England to issue a warning urging people to be prepared for the cold weather.

It has urged people to keep an eye out for those most at risk over the coming days and particularly over the Bank Holiday as temperatures plunge back down to freezing.

Met Office spokeswoman Nicola Maxey said "A cold weather front will be coming in behind the rain with temperatures dropping down to freezing or between 1C and 2C".

“On the Bank Holiday, we will have quite a clear day with temperatures around 4C or 5C".

Dr Thomas Waite, of PHE’s extreme events team, said: “Every winter thousands of people die because of their exposure to cold weather and doctors’ surgeries, hospitals and other parts of the NHS are kept busy as people fall ill - that’s why it’s really important that we all do everything we can to ensure everyone stays well this winter".

“Think about how the coming cold temperatures may affect your friends, family and neighbours, particularly if they are older or very young or have pre-existing health conditions.

These groups can be particularly at risk from the ill-effects of cold so think now what you could do to help.

“Keeping homes heated to at least 18C is a great way to avoid the health problems from cold, as is stocking up on food and medicine before cold weather sets in and wearing lots of thin layers instead of fewer thick ones.”
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:52 pm  

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