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Colder, Drier Weather On The Horizon
Yorkshire sunset in the snow - photo by Steve Leather
After mild and stormy conditions, the emphasis is shifting to much colder conditions.

The UK will experience more settled, drier and noticeably colder weather moving southwards across the UK during the weekend and this will remain in place for the early part of next week.

Dan Suri, Chief Meteorologist, said:
“The jet stream – which brought the UK a spell of wet and windy weather – is now plunging southwards, pulling in much colder air in its wake.

“The effect of this will be far more settled and brighter conditions, but the much colder conditions will bring widespread frost and falling temperatures, although the extreme southern part of England will escape the harshest conditions.

“A strong north-easterly wind will make it feel bitterly cold in places on Saturday. Daytime temperatures will struggle to reach 4-5 °C and some sheltered parts of northern Scotland may not rise above freezing.”

Sunday will remain cold. Dan Suri added:
“Despite the low temperatures, many places will experience a cracking day on Sunday with lots of sunshine, light winds and sparkling visibility.”

Looking further ahead, the cold weather seems likely to persist at least into the early parts of next week with some very cold nights expected.

Temperatures in some inland areas, away from towns and cities, could dip below -10°C from Saturday night onwards as winds ease.

Where's our water gone? - photo by Ian Glover
Dr Thomas Waite, of Public Health England's extreme events team, said:
“As the temperatures drop it’s really important to think about what you can do to prepare for the cold and protect more vulnerable friends and family from the ill-effects of the cold.

“Ensure they wear lots of thin layers, have plenty of warm food and drinks to stay warm and check weather forecasts before heading out. Also wear shoes with a good, slip-resistant grip to prevent any accidental falls.

“When indoors stay warm and heat homes to at least 18C. This is particularly important if anyone in the home is very young, 65 or over or has a long-term health condition.”

Whatever weather we experience over the next few days you can make sure that you and those around you are prepared for winter weather and can cope with its impacts.

Have plenty of warm drinks - photo by Lost Star
Top tips to prepare for colder weather - You should:

look out for friends and family who may be vulnerable to the cold and ensure they have access to warm food and drinks and are managing to heat their homes adequately
try to maintain indoor temperatures to at least 18°C, particularly if you are not mobile, have long term illness or are 65 or over
stay tuned for weather forecasts, ensure you are stocked with food and medications in advance, have deliveries or ask a friend to help
take weather into account when planning your activity over the following days
seek entitlements and benefits such as Winter Fuel Payments and Cold Weather Payments, which are available to some
avoid exposing yourself to cold or icy outdoor conditions if you are at a higher risk of cold related illness or falls.
discuss with friends and neighbours about clearing snow and ice from in front of your house and public walkways nearby

Colder, Drier Weather On The Horizon, 5th January 2018, 14:27 PM