Severe cold weather alert issued for North Devon


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North Devon and Exmoor has already experienced some snow and hail this week - and it looks like it will remain cold over the weekend.

The Met Office has issued a severe cold weather alert for North Devon.

The amber, level three warning affects the whole South West with a chance of icy conditions and even snow.

Yesterday (Tuesday) there were reports of snowfall over some parts of Exmoor, and hail showers too.

Paul Gundersen, chief operational meteorologist at the Met Office said: “It will turn much colder for all parts of England over the next few days.

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“Spells of sleet and snow at the start of the period will become increasingly confined to the North Sea coast and hills, giving way to cold, crisp days and sharp overnight frosts with a risk of ice.

“Frosts may also be severe at times, particularly where there is lying snow.

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“As winds fall light there is an increasing risk of freezing fog patches forming overnight and locally where this freezing fog lingers temperatures may stay sub-zero all day.

“The cold weather currently looks like lasting into the early part of next week with a trend towards less cold conditions during the second half of next week.”

Stay well in cold weather

Public Health England is uring people to take care and look out for elderly and vulnerable neighbours or relatives.

Dr Angie Bone, Head of Extreme Events at Public Health England (PHE) said: “The Met Office has advised that many places are going to feel really cold for the next few days, which may be a bit of a shock after our recent milder weather, so it’s really important people take extra care when out and about.

“It’s worth remembering that while most outdoor slips, trips and falls in weather like this are to those who are of working age, accidents can happen to anyone.

“If you’re staying indoors, have plenty of warm food and drinks to stay warm.

“Try to maintain indoor temperatures to at least 18°C, particularly if you are not mobile, have a long term illness or are over 65, and check weather forecasts and plan your day around them.”

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