Health officials warn of ‘severe’ cold weather across England

Public Health England (PHE) has warned of "severe" cold weather across the country in the coming days.

The Met Office has forecast low temperatures for many parts of England until 9am on Thursday, PHE said in a cold weather alert on Tuesday.

The north-east, Yorkshire and the Humber, the East Midlands, as well as east and south-east England are likely to see "severe cold weather conditions", PHE said.

A yellow weather warning for freezing fog is in place until 2am on Wednesday for areas including Norfolk, Essex, Suffolk, Kent and Medway.

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Pedestrians cross Westminster Bridge as fog envelopes the Elizabeth Tower, commonly known by the name of the bell, "Big Ben", and the Palace of Westminster, home to the Houses of Parliament, in London on December 8, 2020, as talks on a trade deal between the EU and the UK enter a critical stage. - With just a month until Britain's post-Brexit future begins and trade talks with the European Union still deadlocked, the UK government on Tuesday urged firms to prepare as it scrambles to finish essential infrastructure. (Photo by Tolga Akmen / AFP) (Photo by TOLGA AKMEN/AFP via Getty Images)
Pedestrians cross Westminster Bridge as fog envelopes the Elizabeth Tower, commonly known by the name of the bell, "Big Ben", and the Palace of Westminster, home to the Houses of Parliament, in London on December 8, 2020, as talks on a trade deal between the EU and the UK enter a critical stage. - With just a month until Britain's post-Brexit future begins and trade talks with the European Union still deadlocked, the UK government on Tuesday urged firms to prepare as it scrambles to finish essential infrastructure. (Photo by Tolga Akmen / AFP) (Photo by TOLGA AKMEN/AFP via Getty Images)
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LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 08: A woman walks through flood water in West Derby as localised flooding causes disruption on December 08, 2020 in Liverpool, England. Heavy rains submerged roads around Liverpool creating traffic disruptions, and at least one sinkhole opened. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 08: A woman walks through flood water in West Derby as localised flooding causes disruption on December 08, 2020 in Liverpool, England. Heavy rains submerged roads around Liverpool creating traffic disruptions, and at least one sinkhole opened. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
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Dr Ishani Kar-Purkayastha, consultant in public health at PHE, said people should try to heat their homes to at least 18C, particularly those with reduced mobility, are 65 and over, or have a health condition.

She said: "Keep moving too if you can. Get up and walk around and spread housework throughout the day to help keep yourself warm. Food is also a vital source of energy so have plenty of hot food and drinks.

"Remember to check up on frail or older neighbours and relatives at this time, particularly if they live alone, and remember to follow Covid-19 social distancing guidance when looking out for others."

The Met Office said areas within the yellow weather warning will see the fog "turn thicker and more widespread this (Tuesday) evening and for a time tonight, although not everywhere will be foggy".

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