Health bosses have issued advice to people in Leicestershire and Rutland on how to stay safe and well during this cold weather.
Met Office experts have issued an amber warning for the county for serious snow between 4am and 11am on Tuesday with temperatures plunging to at least -5C.
Public Health England (PHE) is urging people to take care of themselves during the cold spell and to look out for others who may need extra support.
Dr Thomas Waite, of PHE’s extreme events team, said: “Cold temperatures, indoors and out, pose real health risks to many and every winter we know that thousands of people get ill and even die following exposure to cold conditions.
“As forecasters tell us next week temperatures will fall, it’s critical that if you know someone over 65, with young children or who has heart or lung conditions, that you keep an eye on them and think what help they may need.
Staying warm by heating your home to at least 18°C can be crucial to stay well.”
Paul Gunderson Chief Operational Meteorologist at the Met Office warned of a sustained spell of cold weather ahead.
He said: “Cold weather is currently established across the country with widespread overnight frosts.
“These cold, wintery conditions are then expected to continue Wednesday, and likely beyond.”
PHE has published a series of tips designed to help people prepare for the cold weather.
- Look out for friends and family who may be vulnerable to the cold and ensure they have access to warm food and drinks and are managing to heat their homes adequately.
- Try to heat homes to at least 18 degrees.
- Keep an eye on weather forecasts and ensure you are stocked up with food and medications in advanced.
- Take the weather into account when making plans.
- Seek entitlements and benefits such as Winter Fuel Payments and Cold Weather payments if you’re eligible for them.
- Avoid exposing yourself to cold weather if you are at high risk of cold-related illness.
- Discuss with friends and neighbours about clearing snow and ice from in front of your house and public walkways nearby.