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Weather warnings as cold spell set to hit local area

 Published on: 12th January 2017   |   By: The Newsdesk   |   Category:

Snow and heavy rain is expected to hit across southeast England later this afternoon after the Met Office issued a yellow warning. With temperatures set to drop, the rain and snow could make roads hazardous with ice. Paul Gundersen, chief meteorologist at the Met Office, said: “Southern counties of England can expect a cold and wet day with some heavy rain, but there’s an increasing chance this will turn to sleet or snow, especially over hills, during the afternoon and evening. “There is a chance of snow settling bringing disruption to transport during the evening rush hour and possibly interruptions to power supplies, although this more likely across East Anglia and southeast England. As skies clear on Thursday night it is likely to become icy in many areas.” Prof Paul Cosford, director for health protection and medical director at Public Health England, said that families should prepare for the weather. He added: “Think now about what you need to do to prepare: if you need vital medicine or food get it before the bad weather arrives. People with underlying health conditions, very young children and those aged over 65 are at greatest risk, so think what you can do to help others. “Keeping your home heated to at least 18 degrees Celsius, wearing lots of thin layers instead of fewer thicker ones, and, if you have to head out, using footwear with a good grip are all ways to deal with this weather.” There are many ways you can ensure you and your family stay well this winter and, if you are travelling, to plan your journey and prepare your vehicle. There are many more hints, tips and advice on the Met Office’s Get Ready for Winter website which can be found at Keep up to date with the weather by following the Met Office on social media. Have your say: is the weather affecting you? Email  

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