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Cold weather alert

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Cold weather alert

1st December 2023 - Hot Topics

The Met Office, in conjunction with the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA), has issued a an amber weather alert, which will be in place until Tuesday 5 December.

The amber alert means extreme cold conditions are expected, and sever cold weather and icy conditions have been predicted.

Cold temperatures can be harmful for your health, especially for young children, people aged 65 or older and those with long-term health conditions.

Make sure you know how to stay warm and well.

For helpful advice, visit

Get advice if you feel unwell

If you’re 65 or over, or in one of the other at-risk groups, it’s important to get medical help as soon as you feel unwell.

You can get help and advice from:

  • a pharmacy – pharmacists can give treatment advice for a range of minor illnesses and can tell you if you need to see a doctor
  • your GP – you may be able to speak to a GP online or over the phone, or go in for an appointment if they think you need to
  • NHS 111 – go to or call 111 if you have an urgent medical problem and you are not sure what to do