Wolverhampton's Public Health team is asking people to look out for others and take extra care after the Met Office issued a Level 3 cold weather alert across the West Midlands.

A Level 3 alert - the first to be issued this winter - is triggered when severe weather is occurring, and average temperatures will not rise above 2 degrees centigrade for the next few days. The Met Office is forecasting a 60% probability of severe cold weather from today (Friday 18 January) until Wednesday (23 January) in the West Midlands, including overnight frosts and wintery showers.

Councillor Hazel Malcolm, the City of Wolverhampton Council's Cabinet Member for Public Health and Wellbeing said: "When the mercury in the thermometer is plunging, it's important that people keep an eye on the weather forecast and plan the day around it.

"People should take extra care when they are out and about, dress warmly and wear non slip shoes to limit any falls, and make sure they stay warm when they are indoors, particularly if they're aged 65 or over, or have long term health conditions.

"Homes should be kept at a minimum of 18 degrees centigrade, and wearing lots of thin layers and eating hot food will help people stay warm.

"I'd also urge people to look out for friends and neighbours who may be vulnerable to the cold. Please make sure they have access to warm food and drinks, have sufficient stocks of any medicines they may be on, and are managing to heat their homes adequately."

Stay Well This Winter contains useful advice on staying warm and keeping healthy during the cold weather.

The Met Office forecast for Wolverhampton can be found at The Met Office.