Cold snap in Rugby prompts warning

Temperatures are expected to range between 4 and -2 centigrade over the next few days
Temperatures are expected to range between 4 and -2 centigrade over the next few days

The prolonged cold weather in Rugby this weekend and into next week has prompted warnings that the health and wellbeing of vulnerable people is at risk.

The current forecast is for severe cold weather and icy conditions between 8am this morning and midday on Tuesday across Warwickshire. This weather increases the health risks to vulnerable people and can disrupt the delivery of services.

Cllr Bob Stevens, the county councillor responsible for health, said: “Make sure that you stay warm. If going outside make sure you dress appropriately.

“If indoors, make sure that you keep your heating to the right temperature. Heating your home to at least 18°C in winter poses minimal risk to your health when you are wearing suitable clothing.”

Jaqueline Barnes, chief nurse at the NHS Coventry and Rugby Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “It is important that people are prepared and have adequate medication in case they are unable to get to the shops for a few days,

“Be a good neighbour and look out for the elderly, vulnerable and those who may find it difficult to get out and about during a prolonged cold snap of weather.”

Pharmacists can also provide a range of services and on-the-spot help and advice on minor ailments.

A walk-in centre can be found at the Hospital of St Cross.

Visit http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/public/weather/cold-weather-alert/#?tab=coldWeatherAlert for the latest updates on the weather.