The latest weather forecast said cool conditions and temperature drops are expected in the UK this February due to a polar vortex blast.
Drivers and Brits planning to travel this week should check the weather forecast. Heavy snow and ice conditions would have created hazards and challenging road safety.
Since January, news reports have indicated that people in the UK have been experiencing torrential rain, extreme cold and heavy snow.
Heavy snow and icy conditions in the UK
According to The Daily Star UK’s latest weather forecast (February 1, 2023), the report said that the polar vortex phenomenon will help unleash colder temperatures and freezing conditions in the UK this February.
The National Weather Service (NWS) and NOAA explained that a polar vortex refers to a large area of cold that manages to circle the Earth. During the polar vortex phenomenon, the polar vortex keeps the colder air at the poles.
The polar vortex can affect the weather system, which can last for weeks.
Recently, the Daily Mirror UK (January 31, 2023) reported that an explosion of snow in the country will lead to a life-threatening situation as winds will reach speeds of 70 to 80 km/h.
The weather forecast added that reduced visibility, foggy conditions and wintry showers will break out this week, causing significant travel concerns.
This month, there is a high chance that wintry weather conditions will continue into February.
On the other hand, drivers should check the weather system before heading out, as dangerous driving will be challenging for many drivers.
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There may be slower journeys and travel disruptions due to freezing and ice. Drivers and passengers should bring more patience and time while they are on the roads.
Extreme temperatures and health concerns
The British are used to colder weather and challenging snow conditions in the country.
However, prolonged exposure to colder weather and health risks are the main concern during an extreme weather event.
Falling temperatures could bring low temperatures and extreme cold in the UK. Adults and vulnerable sectors will become susceptible to colder weather conditions.
Here are some of the essential reminders during extreme cold.
Understand the weather conditions.
Homeowners should stay updated on weather forecasts and reports. Cold weather alerts and health concerns are being issued during an extreme cold event in the UK.
It is best to avoid any prolonged exposure to the colder weather or limit any outdoor activity.
The rest is warm
Wearing winter clothing in layers will come in handy during extreme cold in the UK. Better to cover parts of your body. The most common health concerns associated with colds are hypothermia and frostbite.
Some residents prefer to turn off their heating system because of expensive electricity costs. Homeowners can use hot water bottles for colder weather options.
Check body temperatures.
Checking temperatures is important, especially for the elderly and vulnerable people.
Eat nutritious food
It is best to stick to eating nutritious food during winter, colds or colder weather alerts. Soup would be the best! Don’t forget to drink water!
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