Amber Cold-Health alert issued in Solihull as temperatures drop - The Solihull Observer

Amber Cold-Health alert issued in Solihull as temperatures drop

Solihull Editorial 10th Jan, 2024   0

AN AMBER Cold-Health alert has been put into place across Solihull as temperatures plummet.

The alert came from the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) and the Met Office following forecast of lower-than-average temperatures until noon on Friday (January 12).

Under the new Cold-Health Alert system introduced by UKHSA and the Met Office, an amber alert means that cold weather impacts are likely to be felt across the whole health service for an extended period of time, with potential for the whole population to be at risk and where other sectors may also start to observe impacts, indicating a coordinated response is required.

Dr Agostinho Sousa, head of extreme events and health protection at UKHSA, said: “With the Met Office forecasting drops in temperature across the United Kingdom into next week, it is important to check in on the wellbeing of those most vulnerable to the cold.

“Cold weather can increase the risks of heart attacks, strokes, and chest infections, so it can have a serious impact on health, particularly for older people and those with pre-existing health conditions.

“Temperatures are expected to turn particularly cold overnight, as we would expect at this time of year. If you have a pre-existing medical condition or are over the age of 65 it is important to try and heat the rooms where you spend most of your time, such as your living room or bedroom.”





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