A three day alert for freezing temperatures has been issued across the whole of the UK, which means Brits are being urged to stay warm and keep an eye on those most vulnerable.
The news comes as the Met Office and the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) made a joint announcement that all regions of the country will be subjected to extremely cold weather for three days (including snow), starting from 1 am on Monday 6 March to midnight Wednesday 8 March.
Head of Extreme Events and Health Protection at the UK Health Security Agency, Dr Agostinho Sousa, stressed the importance of checking in on loved ones who will be at most risk to the freezing temperatures.
“If you have a pre-existing medical condition or are over the age of 65, it is important to try and heat your home to at least 18°C if you can," he said.
Deputy Chief Meteorologist at the Met Office, Chris Almond also commented on the alert, adding: “Although we’ve moved into meteorological Spring there will be a distinctly wintry feel to our weather next week.”
"Very cold air will spread across the UK bringing snow showers even to sea level in the north on Monday and these snow showers could spread further south on Tuesday.”
“With freezing overnight temperatures and the risk of ice it is likely weather warnings will be issued for Monday and Tuesday once the detail of potential impacts becomes clearer, so keep an eye on the Met Office forecast,” he concluded.
Naturally, this news has left many Brits annoyed (and stressed) at two prospects – the cold weather continuing despite it being almost spring, and the extra usage of energy during the cost of living crisis.
To help with the latter, UKHSA have added advice and resources to their cold weather plan for England, complete with tips for staying warm and the risks of cold temperatures.
For those worried about affording higher heating bills, Simple Energy Advice has announced they’ll provide free energy efficiency advice plus national grants in an effort to keep the nation warm.
To give you an idea of what’s being advised, they’ve said that if you can’t heat all of your rooms, make sure the living room is heated throughout the day, and the bedroom is heated before going to bed.
Several layers of thinner clothing has also been suggested over one thick layer, as well as consuming plenty of hot drinks and foods during the day.
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