UK weather: Snow on the way as amber cold-health alert issued for parts of England

Snow has fallen in parts of the UK, as the country braces for a week-long cold spell. South-east England will see a mix of snow, sleet and rain during Monday, BBC Weather said. The Met Office has warned of ice and snow across southern England and Wales later, which could cause travel disruption.

Flooding could also continue, mainly in central England, the Environment Agency said. The Met Office has issued a yellow warning for ice for southern England and southern Wales, from 15:00 GMT Monday until 03:00 on Tuesday. It warns that ice and small amounts of snow “could lead to slippery surfaces in new places” and potentially slower journeys.

BBC Weather presenter Stav Danaos said north-east England will see light rain, light sleet and snow over hills, while south-east England will experience wintry showers and “a light dusting of snow”, even in lower areas.

The Met Office said “a mix of sleet and snow showers” will move in from the east, with temperatures reaching “near zero”.

“Given these wintry showers, and also wet surfaces after recent wet weather, some icy patches are likely on untreated surfaces,” the forecaster added. Temperatures are expected to drop heavily on Monday night. The Met Office said parts of England and Wales could reach -4C, while northern Scotland could see temperatures as low as -7C.

On Monday, the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) and the Met Office issued an amber cold weather warning for the South West, South East, West Midlands, East Midlands and North West parts of England until 12:00 on Friday.

An amber alert means that the impact of cold weather is likely to be felt across the whole health service for an extended period of time.

A yellow cold weather warning until Friday for other parts of England remains in place. Dr Agostinho Sousa, from UKHSA, stressed the importance of checking on those who could be vulnerable.

For older people in particular, cold weather can increase the risk of heart attacks, strokes, pneumonia and worsening arthritis. There can also be an increase in accidents at home, due to a loss of strength and dexterity in the hands.

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has activated an emergency severe weather plan to ensure councils across the capital open additional emergency accommodation for people sleeping rough. A similar scheme has been activated in Reading, offering a bed to anyone who is sleeping rough.

Source: BBC

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