The UK is prone to a wide variety of weather extremes, all of which can cause great disruption. Here you will find advice on what to do to be better prepared and guidance on where to go for further information and updates.
Met Office Weather Warnings
Are You Weather Ready?
Cold weather is very likely in the UK, particularly between the months of December to February. Some people are at increased risk of heart attack, stroke, flu, pneumonia, falls and injuries, hypothermia, depression and dementia when the temperature drops below 8C.
You can help to make sure you stay safe by following the guidance here to help you to stay safe.
- Remember to have your flu vaccine if you are eligible.
Keep Safe and Well in Winter
Whilst most of us enjoy sunny weather, the extreme heat of a heatwave can be seriously damaging to the health, and sometimes even fatal. The main risks are dehydration, heat exhaustion and heatstroke - If you are worried about your health during a heatwave contact NHS 111 or talk to your GP or pharmacist.
What can you do - the basics
Before severe weather:
- Listen to weather forecasts and follow advice given.
- Have an emergency grab bag ready.
- Check on vulnerable family, friends and neighbours.
- Plan any journeys and take a car emergency kit with you.
- For more information select the links on this page.
When severe weather is forecast:
- Notify family and friends of severe weather warnings.
- Tie down items outside to minimise wind damage.
- Clear windowsills and close curtains to protect against flying glass.
- Prepare yourself and your family for loss of utilities
During severe weather:
- Stay indoors.
- Keep pets indoors.
- Only travel if essential.
- Never assume that a road has been gritted.
- If you lose electricity, gas or water contact the relevant service(s).
After severe weather:
- Check on family and friends and any vulnerable people near to where you live or work.
- Do not touch any cables that have been blown down.