Winter Weather

Helpful information for preparing for winter weather

Autumn and winter weather usually brings a wide range of weather to the UK, from snow and ice to storms and gales, accompanied by colder temperatures. It is important to be prepared and keep up to date with the latest weather forecasts and to anticipate where conditions may make it difficult to go outside, travel greater distances or keep warm inside.


Weather in Weston super Mare


This Weather Widget is provided by the Met Office



Cold weather and our health

Cold temperatures have an impact on our health, but there are other risks in winter including physical injuries from slips, trips and falls.

As we get older it becomes harder for our bodies to detect how cold we are, and it takes longer to warm up which can be bad for our health. For older people in particular, the longer the exposure to the cold, the more risk of heart attacks, strokes, pneumonia, depression, worsening arthritis and increased accidents at home (associated with loss of strength and dexterity in the hands).

Below you can see a video about how cold weather can affect our health and what you can do to protect yourself. 


Get Ready for Winter with the Met Office

The Met Office is hosting the get ready for winter web pages on behalf of HM Government and partners.

These pages give some suggestions for the very practical things that individuals and communities can do to prepare for a wide range of winter weather, including cold, ice & snow, high winds and flooding.



Flood Warnings from the Environment Agency


The Environment Agency offers a free service, Flood Warnings Direct, which can send direct messages to subscribers when flooding is expected and may affect property. In addition to this service, the Environment Agency also offers advice on how to plan ahead in areas where flooding may be likely.