Cold weather preparedness is vital to preventing avoidable illnesses and excess winter deaths. The health impacts of cold weather are largely predictable and mostly avoidable.
Adverse Weather and Health Plan
England’s Adverse Weather and Health Plan aims to protect individuals and communities from the health effects of adverse weather and to build community resilience.
The plan offers advice that can help prepare for, alert people to, and prevent avoidable effects on health during the cold weather period (1 November to 31 March). It has guidance on keeping well and warm at home and in other settings, such as early years or care homes.
Anyone can become unwell if they get too cold. It is important to follow the guidance in the UKHSA Adverse Weather and Health Plan so that you are prepared for cold weather and can take action to keep yourself warm. There are also actions you can take to keep healthy during the cold weather.
Get ready for winter
The Met Office’s Weather Ready winter preparedness campaign provides lots of advice on winter travel, preparation of your home and health advice in cold weather.
Information on where our road gritting procedures and routes can be found is available on our road gritting pages.
- Met Office – Check your local weather forecast and keep up to date with weather warnings
- NHS – Advice on very cold weather
- GOV.UK – Keep Warm Keep Well guidance on winter financial help
- Our advice on winter health
- NHS - book your COVID-19 vaccine and flu vaccine
- Highway Code – Driving in adverse weather conditions
Flooding and health guidance
Up to: Severe weather
Updated: 06 November 2023