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Cold Weather 

The Cold Weather Alert Service issued by the Met Office in collaboration with Public Health England runs from November to the end of March. 

There are 4 levels of response based on cold weather thresholds. The thresholds have been developed to trigger an alert when severe cold weather is forecast that is likely to significantly affect people's health.

The alerts take account of temperature along with other winter weather threats such as ice and snow.

For more information on cold weather planning and readiness see:

 

Guidance on when bins may not be collected

During snow or ice, crews may not collect bins if:

  • There is severe snow and ice on the road.
  • There is snow and ice on a steep road.
  • There are parked cars which block access for the refuse lorry.
  • The bin is surrounded by large amounts of snow and it is dangerous for crews to manoeuvre it.

Refuse lorries weigh up to 26 tonnes and the drivers must ensure complete safety of pedestrians, property and other vehicles when deciding if to collect from a street.

County Council services

Nottinghamshire County Council has responsibility for gritting highways in the district. See Nottinghamshire County Council's gritting routes.

If you have any questions you can contact:

Clearing snow and ice yourself

There's no law stopping you from clearing snow and ice on the pavement outside your home or from public spaces. It's unlikely you'll be sued or held legally responsible for any injuries on the path if you have cleared it carefully. The Met Office has some helpful advice about this on their website.

Emergency school closures

Weather forecast

See the Met Office Forecast

Traffic and travel information

 

Heatwaves

The Meteorological Office has a warning system that issues alerts if a heatwave is likely. Level one is the minimum alert and is in place from June 1 until September 15 (which is the period that heatwave alerts are likely to be raised).

The alert levels are raised when the temperatures rise and when it's too hot for too long. There can be health risks when it's too hot; a heatwave can cause dehydration, heat exhaustion and heartstroke in anyone. The most vulnerable people are: older people; babies and young children; people with serious health conditions such as heart or breathing problems; people on certain medications; people with mobility problems; and people with mental health problems.

Here are some of our tips on how to cope with the heat during heatwaves:

  • Avoid the heat, stay out of the sun and don't go out during the hottest part of the day between 11am and 3pm.
  • Drink water regularly. Avoid caffeine (such as tea and coffee), alcohol or drinks high in sugar.
  • Try to stay in the coolest rooms in your home.
  • Keep rooms cool by shutting windows and closing curtains / blinds when it is hotter outside. This will help to keep the heat out. Metallic blinds and dark curtains can make the room hotter.
  • Have cool baths or showers, and splash yourself with cool water.
  • Listen to alerts on the radio, TV and check out social media for advice on how to stay cool.
  • Plan ahead to make sure you have enough supplies, such as food, water and any medications you need.
  • Wear loose, cool clothing, and a hat and sunglasses if you go outdoors. 
  • Wear sunscreen
  • Keep an eye on friends, relatives and neighbours who you think may be at risk from the heat.
  • Stay tuned to weather forecast.

Watch out....
Be on the lookout for signs of heat related illness
If you're too hot, cool your skin with water, and rehydrate carefully.

Further advice can be found on the NHS website.

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