Published: Mon, February 26, 2018
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Health warning issued as low temperatures could lead to snow in Weston

Health warning issued as low temperatures could lead to snow in Weston

Paul Gunderson, Chief Operational Meteorologist at the Met Office said: "Cold weather is now established across the country with widespread overnight frosts".

According to Irish Weather Online (IWO) the cold snap which will come after a reasonably mild spell and will bring heavy snowfall and bitterly cold conditions that will see temperatures below zero during the day.

They continued: "Not everyone will see snowfall, however 5-10cm is possible where showers do line up, with the greatest risk across eastern and southeastern counties".

He said: "Disruptive snow is quite likely next week, although due to the uncertainty at this range, promises of record cold and feet of snow should be taken with a handful of road-salt at this stage".

A yellow weather warning for snow has been issued for North Somerset, starting at just after midnight on Tuesday, and lasting until 11.55pm.

He said: "It will start turning much colder as easterly winds arrive on Sunday and there is going to be a significant windchill".

"This set up is often referred to as the "Beast from the East"".

Public Health England (PHE) has warned of a "99-per cent probability of severe cold weather, icy conditions and heavy snow" between today and next Thursday.

The coldest air is projected to affect eastern Europe and Scandinavia, where temperature departures from average could reach almost 40 degrees Fahrenheit below average for this time of year.

She added: "There is some uncertainly on how long the "Beast from the East" will last and exactly how cold it will get, but at the moment it's looking like spring is on hold".

The Met Office website has a handy area where you can put in the name of your local town for a five day forecast. The cold will cause temperatures to plunge well below freezing in London, where snow is likely to fall during the next 1 to 2 weeks.

- Try to maintain indoor temperatures to at least 18C, particularly if you are not mobile, have long term illness or are 65 or over. Max 0C during the day and min -4C at night.

Due to continued low temperatures in the region SWEP was in place in recent nights in Bournemouth and Poole. Wednesday will be the coldest day: Max 0C during the day and min -3C at night.

In the U.S., meanwhile, a "wave of cold" is forecast to send temperatures crashing in northern states, such as Wisconsin, Minnesota and North Dakota, he said.

Overnight minus temperatures from Friday evening.

In the United Kingdom the Met Office is forecasting "spells of more prolonged snow" well into March as "very cold air will spread from western Russian Federation towards the UK".

Meteorological Spring officially starts on March 1, meaning the bone-chilling effects of the SSW-induced cold spell will blight Europe and the United Kingdom beyond winter, he told Daily Star Online.

Overnight minus temperatures from Friday but on Saturday there will be lows of 0C on Saturday and Wednesday will be the coldest day. Take extra care if outside to prevent any accidental slips from icy or snowy pavements.

Paul Gundersen, a Met Office chief forecaster, said: "Parts of southern England and Wales are likely to see their coldest spell of weather since 2013".

Dr Thomas Waite from its 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".

"Staying warm by heating your home to at least 18°C can be crucial to stay well".

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