Severe Weather

Due to its position in relation to the Gulf Stream and fluctuating continental and arctic influences, the UK’s weather, although largely temperate, is unusually variable and can feature extreme events. These can take the form of storms and gales, heavy rain or snow, strong winds, prolonged rain, drought, extreme temperatures and flash incidents including typhoons. These can cause significant problems, disruption to normal life, damage to property and infrastructure and threat to life itself. It is believed that we are likely to see an increase in the frequency and severity of extreme weather events in the UK because of globally rising temperatures and sea levels.

Some of the impacts of severe weather are:

  • Danger to life from falling trees and structures
  • Danger to life from low temperatures and heatwaves
  • Increased hospital admissions
  • Damage to property
  • Damage to critical infrastructure including electricity, communications and transport networks
  • Travel disruption (road, rail, air)
  • School and public building closures
  • Drought
  • Flooding

There is little we can do to avert these events, however we can mitigate the impacts by taking measures to stay safe and maintain essential services.

What you can do

  • Listen to weather forecasts and heed any warnings of extreme weather
  • Use the Met Office link below to keep abreast of weather developments as they happen and for relevant advice
  • Read the Emergency Kit page – keep yours fully stocked
  • Plan any journeys or activities with the weather in mind – avoid unnecessary journeys
  • If you have to travel in severe weather make sure you have adequate clothing and emergency supplies in your vehicle
  • Check on vulnerable neighbours
  • Use the advice provided in this website to create emergency plans for residents, communities and businesses