UK Weather: Yellow warning as temperatures plummet
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Snow has hit parts of the UK as the country is gripped by a cold snap with weather warnings in place. A Met Office yellow warning for snow and ice covers much of Scotland, as well as swathes of Wales and south-western England, until 12pm today.
Two more snow and ice warnings will kick in today – one for the north of Scotland for 24 hours from 12pm and another for most of London and some of south-east England covering 6pm on Sunday to 9am on Monday.
Temperatures were as low as -5C in parts of Britain this morning including Southampton on the South Coast and Ullapool in northern Scotland, according to weather service Windy, while Londoners woke up at a chilly -3C.
It comes after areas of Scotland, south-western England, the Midlands, north-western England and Wales were blanketed by snow yesterday.
And forecasters say parts of Britain could see more snow today as the freezing conditions continue.
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UKHSA extends level three cold weather alert
The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) has extended a level three cold weather alert covering England from next Monday until Friday.
The agency is advising people to look out for friends and family who are vulnerable in the cold and to ensure they have access to warm food and drinks, adding that people should maintain indoor temperatures of at least 18C (64.4F).
Dr Agostinho Sousa, consultant in public health medicine at UKHSA, said: “Cold weather can have serious consequences for health, and older people and those with heart or lung conditions can be particularly at risk.
“If you have a pre-existing medical condition, you should heat your home to a temperature that is comfortable for you.
“In rooms you mostly use such as the living room or bedroom, try to heat them to at least 18C if you can. Keep your bedroom windows closed at night. Wearing several layers of clothing will keep you warmer than one thicker layer.”
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