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Cold weather alerts, flood advisory, health warnings issued for England

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Staff Writer | December 7, 2017
Public Health England (PHE) issues cold weather alerts and health warnings following the arrival of colder weather in some parts of England.
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Weather   Cold weather and floods at the same time
Weather forecasters are warning that all parts of England could experience cold, snow and ice over the next week, prompting PHE to again warn people to plan ahead.

The change of weather will bring cold air to all parts of England from Thursday and is likely to affect all areas of the country over the weekend says the Met Office.

At the same time, the Flood Forecasting Centre has reported a risk of coastal flooding impacts as high tides and strong winds affect the whole of the east coast of England and Cumbria.

Dr Thomas Waite of the Extreme Events team at PHE said: "It is unusual that we are warning about the risks from cold and floods at the same time, but that’s why it’s absolutely critical that people keep up to date with the Met Office’s weather forecasts and the Environment Agency’s flood warnings.

There is lots we can do to prepare for cold weather. We can all keep an eye out for family, friends and neighbours who may be at risk.

"Those with heart and lung conditions, younger children and older people, are at particular risk during cold weather. Experience shows us that every winter thousands of people are seriously affected and even die from illnesses linked to the cold. That’s why it’s so important that we all play a part in minimising the risks to health this winter.

"If your home or business is at risk of flooding, you can sign up for flood warnings by phone, email or text message."