The cold weather poses a threat to vulnerable people. In the East Midlands the annual average numbers of excess winter deaths among over 65s is 2,125 and 2,894 in the West Midlands.
Brian Phillips of Age UK Dudley says there is a clear correlation between cold weather and winter related deaths.
There is a Level Three: Cold Weather Warning in place from the Met Office today. Temperatures could drop to -7 degrees tonight.
With temperatures dropping as snow is predicted to fall in the coming few days, Age UK offers advice on keeping warm.
Advice is on hand for motorists heading out in the coming days as snow and freezing temperatures threaten to cause disruption to roads.