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Due to a weather front sweeping across the country, the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) has issued a cold weather alert for central and southern England. According to weather graphs, temperatures are expected to drop to -1C over the next 48 hours. The Met Office also warns the Midlands, East, South East and South West regions will experience a bitter cold snap from 6pm on Wednesday.

This warning remains until 9am on Sunday.

Agostinho Sousa, consultant in public health medicine at UKHSA, said: “Cold weather can have a serious impact on health, particularly for older people and those with heart and lung problems, as it increases the risks of heart attacks, strokes and chest infections.

“Remind vulnerable relatives and neighbours to heat their home to at least 18C – particularly if they have reduced mobility, are 65 or older, or have a health condition.

“Should they need to go outside, it’s important for them to wear shoes with a good grip.”

Steve Ramsdale, Met Office chief meteorologist, said: “A change in conditions brings cold air to the UK, spreading from the north later on Wednesday then lingering over England and Wales for the rest of the week and into the weekend.

“With easing winds and good clear spells, a widespread frost is likely on Thursday and Friday morning with temperatures recovering somewhat by day.

“Into the weekend more cloud is likely to spread over England and Wales with less of a frost by night.”

According to graphs from WXCharts, temperatures in southern and eastern England will range between 0-2C.

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For the entirety of the south of England, temperatures will remain at 0C.

For Scotland and parts of Yorkshire, the low of -2C will remain on Thursday afternoon.

Due to this, temperature anomaly charts the mercury falling to -4C of what is normally expected for the time of year.

Looking further ahead, the Met office long-range forecast predicts for the period between January 23 and February 1: “Through this period, it is likely to be settled, but often cloudy in the south with overnight frost and fog forming under any clear skies and temperatures around or slightly below average.

“In the north, conditions are expected to be milder and more changeable, with a band of heavier rain in the far northwest later on Sunday and strong winds and gales possible in the far north.

“Through the rest of the period rain or showers at times for the north, with stronger winds mainly restricted to the far north, although possibly bringing unsettled conditions further south at times.

“Temperatures are likely to be around or slightly above average.

“Conditions are likely to remain similar into the start of February, with drier than average conditions for most.

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