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Keeping warm as temperatures drop in the Midlands

Cold weather Photo: Michael Jones

There is a Level Three: Cold Weather Warning in place from the Met Office today.

It means that there is a 90% probability of Icy conditions and low temperatures throughout the day and night. Strengthening winds later in the week will make it feel colder.

Here are some tips about how to keep warm in the cold conditions:

  • Draw your curtains at dusk and keep your doors closed to block out draughts
  • Have regular hot drinks and eat at least one hot meal a day if possible.
  • Wear several light layers of warm clothes, rather than one chunky one
  • Keep as active in your home as possible
  • Wrap up warm and wear shows with a good grip outside
  • Keep your living riim at around 18-21 degrees
  • Keep the rest of your house at 16 degrees

The advice from Age UK is to keep an eye on friends, relatives and neighbours who may be more vulnerable to cold weather.

Cold weather can be more dangerous for older people or those with serious illness so check up on them regularly.

Heanor, Derbyshire Credit: ITV Central

Hypothermia can also be a concern for the frail and elderly. Symptoms of mild hypothermia are:

  • Constant shivering
  • Tiredness
  • Low energy
  • Cold or pale skin
  • Fast breathing

Symptoms of moderate hypothermia are:

  • Violent, uncontrollable shivering
  • Being unable to think or pay attention
  • Confusion
  • Loss of judgement and reasoning
  • Difficulty moving around
  • Loss of co-ordination
  • Drowsiness
  • Slurred speech
  • Slow, shallow breathing

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