Time to wrap up as a Level 3 cold weather alert is issued for the region..
A Level 3 alert - issued by the Met Office - is triggered when severe weather is occurring, meaning average temperatures have dropped to 2ºC or below.
Indications for the North West are that there is a 90 percent probability of severe cold weather between 9am today (Wednesday 4 January) and 3pm on Friday 6 January. Severe cold weather can be dangerous, especially for the very young, very old, or those with serious medical conditions. It can also disrupt the delivery of services.
The council’s public health team is promoting messages to help people stay warm and well during cold weather.
Cllr Maureen McLaughlin, executive board member for public health and wellbeing said: “The Christmas and New Year celebrations may be over, but we are still very much in winter. It’s so important to stay warm, well and safe during this colder period.
“Residents should check weather forecasts before heading out, ensure they wear lots of thin layers, and have plenty of warm food and drink. They should also wear shoes with a good, slip-resistant grip to prevent any accidental falls.
“It’s also important for people to stay warm indoors, particularly those who are 65 or over, have long term health conditions, or young children.”
Advice on how to reduce the risk either for yourself or somebody you know can be obtained from the winter health pages at NHS Choices, www.nhs.uk, or from your local chemist. If you are worried about your health or that of somebody you know, ring NHS 111.