Met Office issues yellow weather warning for snow and ice in Cumbria

Vulnerable people are being advised to keep warm and well as the Met Office issues an alert for severe cold weather, icy conditions and snow over the coming days.

Public Health are urging people to look out for vulnerable people, while following lockdown restrictions, as prolonged periods of cold weather can be dangerous, especially for the very young, elderly or those with long term health conditions.

Cold weather can increase the risk of heart attacks, stroke, lung illnesses and other diseases. The snow and ice brings risks of slips and falls and hazardous driving conditions.

The Met Office has issued a yellow severe weather warning for possible disruption to travel with ice and snow likely in Cumbria between 5pm today (Thursday 7 January 2021) and midnight on Friday.

During spells of severe cold weather, it’s important that people stay warm and well over winter.

Ways to keep warm and well include:

  • People who are not very mobile, are 65 or over, or have a health condition, such as heart or lung disease, should heat their home to at least 18C (65F)
  • People with heart or respiratory (breathing) problems should stay indoors during very cold weather
  • Some people may be able to claim financial and practical help with heating their home, grants available include the Winter Fuel Payment and the Cold Weather Payment
  • Wear several layers of clothes rather than 1 chunky layer - clothes made from cotton, wool or fleecy fibres help to maintain body heat
  • Check up on older neighbours and relatives, and those with heart or respiratory problems, to make sure they:
    • are safe and well
    • are warm enough, especially at night
    • have stocks of food and medicines, so they don't need to go out during very cold weather

If you are concerned about your health or somebody you care for, advice can be obtained from www.nhs.uk/staywell, NHS 111 or call your local pharmacist.