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.


Keep active


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
your business

How to prepare
your community

Lincolnshire Resilience Forum

What is being done to become
better prepared?

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.

Met Office - Weather and climate change 

Met Office - www.metoffice.gov.uk

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