Follow these tips to keep you, your family and those around you warm and well in extremely cold weather. 


Is ice and snow on the way?

Check the Met Office's severe weather warnings

To keep warm and well during spells of cold weather:

  • Set your heating to the right temperature - your main living room should be around 21°C (70°F) and your bedroom should be 18°C (65°F).
  • Draw your curtains at dusk and keep your doors closed to block out draughts.
  • Stay tuned to the weather forecast and plan ahead with supplies.
  • Have regular hot drinks and eat at least one hot meal a day if possible. Eating regularly helps keep energy levels up during winter. 
  • Wear several light layers of warm clothes (rather than one chunky layer). 
  • Keep as active in your home as possible.
  • Wrap up warm and wear shoes with a good grip if you need to go outside on cold days.

You may be able to get support to make your home more energy efficient, improve your heating or help with bills:


10 winter illnesses

Some health problems are triggered or worsened by cold weather. Find out how to protect yourself by visiting NHS Choices

Look out for friends, relatives and neighbours who may be vulnerable to the cold. Cold weather is especially dangerous for older people or people with serious illnesses, so check up on them if you can. Visit our NHS advice for winter page for information on local health services.


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Page last updated: 
28 November 2017
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