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KCC warn road surface temperatures set to plummet below freezing from six o’clock this evening

12:56 30 November 2016

Frosty mornings are to be expected

Frosty mornings are to be expected

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The Met Office have said there is an 80 per cent chance of severe cold weather throughout the remainder of the week

PHE’s tips for cold weather are:

Get the free flu jab now, if you qualify;

Look out for friends and family who may be vulnerable to the cold and ensure they have access to warm food, drinks and managing to heat their homes adequately;

Try to maintain indoor temperatures to at least 18°C, particularly if you are not mobile, have long term illness or are 65 or over;

Stay tuned for weather forecasts, ensure you are stocked with food and medications in advance, have deliveries or ask a friend to help;

Take weather into account when planning your activity over the following days;

Avoid exposing yourself to cold or icy outdoor conditions if you are at a higher risk of cold related illness or falls;

Discuss with friends and neighbours about clearing snow and ice from in front of your house and public walkways nearby, if unable to do so yourself.

The KCC have warned that road surface temperatures are set to plummet below freezing from six o’clock this evening (November 30).

In anticipation of this, the main roads throughout Kent will be treated to help prevent ice formation and build up.

Motorists are advised to watch out for icy patches particularly on the untreated raods overnight and into tomorrow morning.

The KCC said: “Drivers should drive cautiously and be deliberate and slower in actions and not be surprised by ‘sudden’ traffic light changes or other vehicles breaking.

“Harsh braking, harsh steering or harsh acceleration are key precursors to skidding on ice and snow.”

The Met Office has also given Kent a level 2 cold weather warning between today (November 30) and Friday (December 2).

The forecasters have stated that there is an 80 per cent chance of severe cold weather with temperatures dropping to minus seven degrees over night.

High pressure will bring generally dry and settled conditions to the south for the remainder of this period, with clear skies increasingly confined to southern England. Coupled with light winds, this will allow a widespread moderate frost to occur on Wednesday night (November 30), and Thursday night (December 1).

A representative from the Met Office warned: “This weather could increase the health risks to vulnerable patients and disrupt the delivery of services. Please refer to the national Cold Weather Plan and your Trust’s emergency plan for appropriate prevention action.”

Andy Page, chief operational meteorologist at the Met Office, said: “Looking ahead into December and beyond, there are indications that a cold start to winter is more likely than normal, but this doesn’t guarantee snow nor does it mean we won’t see spells of mild and wet weather at times.”

Public Health England have also warned of the dangers the cold weather can have on people’s health.

Dr Angie Bone of the extreme events team at PHE said: “Cold does kill, even in places where the temperatures aren’t at their lowest. Now is the time to prepare for the cold weather forecast by the Met Office, and to think of those you know who are older, very young, or have pre-existing health conditions who are particularly vulnerable.”

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