Vulnerable people urged to put heating on as Arctic blast will plunge UK to -10C

Vulnerable people have been urged to put the heating on as an Arctic blast is set to send temperatures in Britain plummeting to -10C.

The Met Office have issued a Level 3 amber alert set to come into effect from tomorrow (December 7) and will last until Monday (December 12).

During this time, people aged over 65, along with those who have mobility issues and long-term illnesses have been told to keep their homes at 18C at least, in order to prevent any medical issues.

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This comes at a very difficult economic period for many throughout the country, with the cost of energy bills having more than doubled – causing anxiety to those already living in poverty.

The forecaster said: "Look out for friends and family who may be vulnerable to the cold, and ensure they have access to warm food and drinks and are managing to heat their homes adequately.

"Try to maintain indoor temperatures to at least 18C, particularly if you are not mobile, have a long-term illness or are 65 or over.

"Avoid exposing yourself to cold or icy outdoor conditions if you are at a higher risk of cold-related illness or falls."

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Jim Dale, senior meteorologist at British Weather Services, told the Daily Express that an Arctic blast is making its way to the UK and will be hitting Scotland first.

He said: "It’s crossing the northern North Sea as we speak. All set, likely to be a sustained freezing plunge. It will be circa 10 days minimum, sporadic outbreaks of snow and energy use will rocket."

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