area set to see coldest week in five years in cold snap
Burnham-On-Sea area is set to see its coldest February week in five
years as freezing air arrives into the area from Russia.
cold snap is affecting the whole of the country with temperatures
expected to drop to below -6C in the Burnham-On-Sea area, with the
significant wind chill making it feel much colder.
Met Office has issued an amber cold weather alert which warns of
increased health risks to vulnerable and elderly people.
Burnham-On-Sea area could see light snow flurries in the middle
of next week with heavier snow a possibility later in the week,
says the Met Office.
meteorological start of spring is Thursday 1st March - and the date
will fall right in the middle of the cold spell.
cold weather has been sparked by an area of high pressure moving
north into Scandinavia, drawing cold air in from Russia and the
Office meteorologist Martin Bowles said: "It's expected to
stay cold all of next week. The start of Spring will be postponed."
Health England said it is "critical" to keep an eye on
anyone over 65, young children or people with heart or lung conditions.
Mapstone, Deputy Regional Director for Public Health England's South
region, said: "We are expecting some bitter weather over the
weekend and early next week which may come as a bit of a shock for
some after the more recent mild weather."
urge people to remember to check weather forecasts and plan their
day carefully around the weather. Take extra care if outside to
prevent any accidental slips from icy or snowy pavements. Clear
paths outside your house if possible."
indoors it is critical that people stay warm, particularly if 65
or over, have long term health conditions or are young children.
Wear lots of thin layers, eat regular warm and well-balanced meals,
and remember that moving about will help keep you warm."
warm by heating your home to at least 18C can be crucial to stay