Can the NHS cope with the pressures of winter? Tom Savvides talks to Dr James Hogan and Dan Garratt from South East Coast Ambulance Service, who predict a twenty percent rise in calls to their 111 service as Christmas approaches.
The South East Coast Ambulance Service, which covers Kent, Surrey and Sussex, is predicting a twenty percent rise in calls to its 111 helpline over Christmas. The service has faced criticism nationally but says it's put measures in place to cope with the surge in demand over winter.
As the winter months approach engineers at Southern Electric are taking part in high level training to make sure they are prepared for any electrical faults.
Southern Electric has invested more than £12m to strengthen the network in the Berkshire area in preparation for winter.
This is part of a £90m project in the region covering Hampshire, Dorset. Oxfordshire and Wiltshire.
With the temperatures plunging below zero, for many of us the solution is simple: turn on the heating. But for many others, having the heating on all the time is just too costly. And we can all do with saving money on our energy bills.
So, the advice from the NHS is to put on more layers of clothes even when indoors. And this afternoon a group of students in Maidstone put on an experiment to see what kind of clothes keep you warmest. David Johns reports.
Yesterday we showed you a picture sent in by a viewer of a robin eating out of his hand.
We asked you to send in your pictures of winter wildlife as well. So here's a selection of them.
Temperatures dipped to a low of -7.9C in South Newington, Oxfordshire, last night - the coldest recorded temperature from the Met Office for the Meridian region. The coldest temperature in the UK was recorded in Aberdeenshire as -11.3C.
In England, the coldest temperature recorded by the Met Office was -8.3C in Gloucestershire.
VIDEO: Don't put yourself at risk' - the message from the Highways Agency as it prepares to face severe winter weather in the region. New research shows almost half of drivers ignore severe weather warnings and 29% don't prepare their cars for winter.
Temperatures are set to tumble this weekend. But our local councils insist they are on stand-by to keep our roads and pavements ice-free.
Earlier this week we reported on how Kent was ready for the worst of winter. Now Brighton's been showing us its mountains of salt and grit. Andy Dickenson reports.