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1 February 2017

Britain Set to be Hit with Sub-Zero Temperatures in February Freeze

Temperatures are set to plummet to -10°C in some parts of the country towards the end of February in a potentially killer cold spell. Reports from the Mirror and Met Office forecasts have raised concern about the upcoming sub-zero weather this upcoming month.

The Weather Company predicts the colder-than-average February is due to the weak condition of the Polar Vortex affecting our temperatures this winter. The cold air from the North Pole, normally trapped by the Polar Vortex, is making its way towards the northern hemisphere, ultimately affecting the UK.

After an extra 1,000 reported deaths in January due to temperatures reaching as low as -5C, there are fears from experts that more Brits will be killed in the impending ice-cold conditions throughout February, especially dangerous after the relatively mild winter we’ve had so far.

“Thousands of people die because of their exposure to cold weather. It’s really important we all do everything we can to ensure everyone stays well.” -  Dr Thomas Waite, of Public Health England.

The Met Office report that later in February there are ‘signs of a quieter and rather cold spell developing’, meaning people all over the country will be preparing with panic buying goods and getting vehicles in good shape to withstand the weather and still allow travel if necessary.

As reported by the Mirror, Public Health England recognise how many of Britain’s winter deaths could be prevented. They blame poor preparation for conditions, despite advance warning, with factors such as ‘bad home insulation’, ‘inadequate heating’ and not wearing appropriate clothing when venturing out into the cold, being some of the country’s problems.

With most winter deaths caused by respiratory diseases, the demand and importance of the influenza vaccination and medicines for similar illnesses is high. The Department of Health advise that sub-zero conditions can make diseases such as flu, chest diseases, heart attacks, strokes and dementia worse.
Warnings also come from the NHS to take precautions in wrapping up warm and taking extra care of yourself and vulnerable others such as friends, family and neighbours, during these cold upcoming weeks. 

The NHS advises self-care and using the NHS 111 line for non-emergencies if illness occurs, to keep efficiency in the health-care system during the busy winter months.

However you wish to spend your month, make sure to keep warm and healthy. For more information and helpful tips for surviving the colder months visit the Survival and Clothing categories.

Laura Sewell

An aspiring journalist, Laura is our content writer intern.  Pop-punk gig-goer and drag queen enthusiast, Laura is working her way into the industry, with an English A -Level and love of writing about anything and everything in tow.