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Cold and snow

Experts anticipate that climate change will alter the UK’s weather, leading to changes in patterns of rainfall and temperature. This has the potential to cause more frequent extreme weather events including sub-zero temperatures and heavy snow for prolonged periods.


The consequences of sub-zero temperatures and heavy snowfall for prolonged periods include:

  • Fatalities and casualties, particularly among vulnerable groups (eg the elderly)
  • Disruption to essential services, particularly transport, energy and communications
  • Additional pressure on healthcare

What can you do?

The best advice is to be prepared. If heavy snow is forecast, ensure you have thought about everything you need, and please check on the welfare of elderly neighbours.

You can also read our top tips to stay safe and be prepared in the snow and cold.