The Met Office has issued a Level 2 alert for the West Midlands from 9am on Thursday until midnight on Friday night, saying there is a 60% risk of overnight frost and freezing fog patches across the region during these times. Temperatures are forecast to warm up slightly over the weekend.
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.
"Icy weather can cause roads and pavements to become slippery and hazardous when travelling outside. People should take extra care when they are out and about, dress warmly and wear non slip shoes to limit any falls.
"It is important that people stay warm when they are indoors, particularly if they're aged 65 or over, or have long term health conditions such as heart trouble or respiratory problems. The home 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 and may feel isolated or scared to venture out. 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."
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The Met Office forecast for Wolverhampton can be found at Type=links;Linkid=11361;Title=The Met Office;Target=_blank;.
- released: Monday 31 December, 2018