Public Health England (PHE) have issued cold weather warnings following the arrival of a Siberian weather front, dubbed ‘the beast from the East’.
The cold weather has caused the major disruption of transport routes and police are warning drivers to be careful in the ‘treacherous’ conditions.
This week is expected to be the coldest of the winter, and as such PHE are reminding people to take care of themselves as well as others.
Dr Thomas Waite of PHE’s Extreme Events team said: ‘With many places facing severe weather it’s really important people do what they need to, to stay warm – especially with the cold forecast to stay for several days.
‘Heating homes to at least 18C will help keep you healthy. Also, make sure you eat warm food, move about at home and wear several thin layers instead of fewer thicker ones.’
Frank Saunders, Met Office Chief Operational Meteorologist, warned of ‘bitterly cold’ conditions in which daytime temperatures are expected to remain ‘below freezing’ in many parts.
‘The wind will increase, and stay strong through to the end of the week, which as well as leading to a significant wind chill will also bring a risk of blowing snow and blizzard conditions,’ he said.
Dr Waite also urged those who are able to assist others in preparing for the cold.
‘Those of us who are fit and well can also do lots to help others – and with weather like this, some will need help.
‘If you’re able to, consider clearing snow or ice from pavements and paths, see if friends, family or neighbours who are left housebound by the weather need anything fetching and if you know anyone over 65, or with young children or with heart or lung conditions check to see if they’re ok.’