What is the risk of extreme cold weather to Lincolnshire?
Extreme cold weather entails low (sub-zero) temperatures and heavy snow for prolonged periods.
The lead agency(s) in Lincolnshire for severe weather events varies depending on the type and impacts of the weather.
They may include Lincolnshire Police, Lincolnshire Fire & Rescue, Environment Agency, Lincolnshire County Council and East Midlands Ambulance Service.
You can download the information used on this page via a bite-size risk information document.
How could extreme cold weather
affect you and your community?
Extreme cold weather can include low temperatures, ice and snow
- Risk to life
- Casualties/ injury (slips and falls)
- Health impacts on the elderly and vulnerable with extreme temperatures
- Disruption to utilities (electricity, gas, and water)
- Damage to property, businesses, and agricultural land
- Widespread structural damage
- Risk to life of livestock
- Flooding of properties
- Transport disruption (air, sea, road, rail) long delays
- Potential stranded passengers on transport routes
- Strain on emergency responder organisations
- Dangerous driving conditions (spray and standing water/ice/hail/snow/fog/wind)
- Communities becoming cut off due to flooded access routes/ heavy snow
- Changes in working practices and daily routines to adapt to the conditions
We can all be better prepared to
respond and recover from extreme cold weather
Follow this guidance to help you stay safe and well during extreme cold weather:
Stay tuned into the UK forecast
Download the Met Office App so you can not only keep an eye on the forecast to understand the likelihood of any impactful weather in your area.
Keep an eye on the temperature of your home
Check daytime room temperature and maintain it at 18 °C (65 °F)
Check bedroom night-time temperature and maintain it at 18 °C (65 °F) or warmer
Dress appropriately and stay connected
If you have to go out make sure you dress warmly and wear non-slip shoes. Also tell someone where you are going and let them know when you get back. If you have a mobile phone keep it charged and on you at all times.
Dress warmly, eat warm food and take warm drinks regularly
Check on those you know are at risk
If you are concerned about your own health or welfare or that of others, alert emergency services
Clear pavements of ice or snow if you are able and if essential
How to prepare
How to prepare
To respond to extreme cold weather
- The 24/7 Met Office Weather Desk can offer more information prior or during severe weather: 0370 900 0100.
- Use the Met Office website, WeatherReady and UK Weather Warnings to find weather warnings, forecasts and general advice about how to prepare for severe weather.
- The Met Office issue ‘Cold Weather Alerts’ as an early warning for dates between 1 November and 31 March if heavy snow or widespread ice is forecast, or if it will be particularly cold for 2 days or more.
- You should monitor cold weather alerts.
- Plan any journeys or activities with the weather in mind – for example having adequate clothing and emergency supplies in your vehicle.
- Arrange suitable home and contents insurance to protect your belongings.
- Use 'WarmWelcome' to find local warm space locations.
Recovering from extreme cold weather
- Contact your insurance company if your home or belongings are damaged: they should help you find local contractors to complete repairs and help you replace items that are covered by your insurance plan.
- If you rent your property, speak to your landlord to make sure they’re aware of any damage to the property that they need to repair.
- Contact your family, relatives and friends so that they know that you are ok. If they are able to and it’s safe to do so, ask them to help you clean up your property.
What can you do to support your community?
- Identify neighbours who may need assistance or who may be able to provide assistance to you during evacuation;
- Find out how to prepare for an emergency
- Join or start an Emergency Community Group
- Make sure that any vulnerable neighbours or relatives are safe and help them make arrangements for any repairs.
How prepared is your business?
What is being done to become
We work together to:
- Produce multi-agency plans to manage extreme weather events.
- Monitor weather forecasts prior to any large events in the county.
- Receive and distribute early notifications of extreme weather.
Local and central government work with infrastructure operators and emergency responders to develop response plans to deal with potential damage and restore utilities and travel routes as quickly as possible.
In order to comply with the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005, you MUST complete a Fire Risk Assessment of your stall or unit.
Lincolnshire County Council and Lincolnshire Police are committed to supporting constitutional parades, such as Remembrance
There are an increasing number of tractor runs being organised on Lincolnshire roads. These are generally charitable events
Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue believes the following guidelines to be best practice, but we advise that you read the instruction label
Are you signed up to receive flood warnings? If not call the Emergency Agency Floodline on 0345 988 1188 to see if your area receives free flood warnings.
Discover how you can be better prepared to deal with flooding, with suggested protection methods from the Lincolnshire Resilience Forum.