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Extreme weather

snow and extreme cold

  • Be prepared
    • Make sure you’ve enough insulation around your water tank(s), loft and external water pipes 
    • Check you have de-icer, salt/grit and the necessary tools to keep your home safe and clear of snow
    • Keep your heating to the right temperature - such as 18°C/65°F bedroom and 21°C/70°F dayroom.


One in every 6 properties is at risk from flooding in the UK. Here’s how to be ready for it.

To find out if you’re at risk, visit the Environment Agency website or call Floodline on 0345 988 1188. If you are at risk, register for their free flood warning service.

high winds

Be prepared

  • Secure or store loose objects outside that could blow into windows. 
  • Close and fasten doors and windows securely.
  • Park vehicles in a garage or well away from trees, buildings, walls and fences

During high winds

  • Stay indoors as much as possible - don’t go outside to repair damage during a storm. 
  • Find shelter in a substantial, permanent, enclosed building. 
  • Slow down if driving on exposed routes, such as across bridges. 
  • Find alternative, less exposed routes if possible. 
  • Take particular care of side winds if driving a high-sided vehicle or if you’re towing another vehicle or container. 
  • Don’t touch electrical or phone cables that have blown down or are hanging loose.


During long periods of hot weather people and animals are at risk from the effects of high temperatures. 

Here are some ways to reduce the risk.
  • Apply high-factor sun-screen regularly during the day. 
  • Keep your house cool by closing blinds and curtains and keeping bedrooms ventilated. 
  • Take cool (not cold) showers or baths or sprinkle yourself with water throughout the day. 
  • Wear lightweight, loose, light-coloured clothing and a wide-brimmed hat. 
  • Drink plenty of cold fluids, but not alcohol or caffeine, which dehydrate the body. 
  • If you’re driving, keep your vehicle ventilated to avoid drowsiness. 
  • Take regular breaks and keep plenty of water in the vehicle. 
  • Try to avoid going out during the hottest part of the day (11am - 3pm). 
  • Avoid being in the sun for long periods. 
  • Check on elderly neighbours daily. The elderly and very young are most at risk. 
  • Avoid excessive physical activity (it can cause heat stroke or heat exhaustion). 
  • Restrict physical activity to the cooler periods at the start and end of the day. 
  • Make sure that babies, children, elderly people or animals are not left alone in stationary cars. 
Be alert and call the health services if someone is unwell or further help is needed.

For information about heatwave alerts contact the Met Office Heat-Health Watch.
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