Level 2 Cold Weather Alert for London

From: EmergencyPlanning
Sent: 11 January 2022 11:17
Subject: OFFICIAL: Level 2 Cold Weather Alert for London from 1800 Thursday 13 Jan – 0900 Monday 17 Jan

Sent to: Croydon Council Members | Council Silver | Croydon Council Weather Warning Group | Corporate Leadership Team | Members of the Croydon Resilience Forum

Dear all,

The Met Office has issued a Level 2 ‘Alert and Readiness’ Cold Weather Alert for London. There is a 60% probability of severe cold weather between 1800 on Thursday 13 Jan and 0900 on Monday 17 Jan in London.

This weather could increase the health risks to vulnerable patients and disrupt the delivery of services. Prolonged periods of cold weather can be dangerous, especially for older people, those with underlying health conditions, and young children. This weather could increase the health risks to vulnerable patients and disrupt the delivery of services.  

Cold weather health risks and COVID-19

COVID-19 is likely to amplify the risks of cold weather. Fear of COVID-19 should not prevent action to tackle the risks from cold temperatures and winter weather. It is critical that actions to prevent health harms from cold temperatures and winter weather continue – including identifying and supporting those at risk – with necessary adaptations in line with coronavirus guidance to keep everyone safe.

Key Communication Lines for Social Media for use by partners:

In line with the London Severe Weather and Natural Hazards Framework there will be no partnership coordination activity until a Level 3 Cold Weather alert is issued. 

Operational Preparedness & Response:

  • The Council’s usual on-call/duty officers (CCTV, Highways and Duty Resilience Advisor) will be monitoring the situation over the coming hours and initiating any responses where required.
  • Your action:
    • Ensure that you cascade this alert to the stakeholders that you are responsible for notifying, as per the attached communications cascade.

Please keep up to date with the latest Met Office forecast details either on Hazard Manager, the Met Office App or Met Office website.

If you have questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact the Corporate Resilience Team

Best wishes,


Abbie Cartmell (she/her)

Duty Resilience Advisor

Corporate Resilience Team

Policy, Programmes and Performance Division

Assistant Chief Executive’s Directorate

Bernard Weatherill House, Mint Walk, Croydon, CR0 1EA

Tel: Internal 52827 | External 0208 255 2827 | Mobile 07597 393 449 |

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