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Weather warnings

To find out the latest weather warnings, visit the Met Office website.

Summer weather

Each year the government releases information on how to keep yourself safe during a heatwave:

The heatwave plan runs from 1 June to 15 September each year.

Winter weather

The following information will give you an idea on how to prepare for snow and ice, how to deal with frosty conditions and what the council will do to help you get about. You can find more information on the Met Office's web page about getting ready for winter.

How to prepare

Make sure you listen out for weather updates on the radio and TV, visit the internet, including the Met Office website or look at newspapers. We tend to get fair warning of a likely event and its impact.

Plan for power outages by visiting the SSE Power Distribution (SSEPD) website. These are the people that maintain the power lines - no matter from whom you buy your electricity. SSEPD also offer a priority service for the elderly, infirm or people with various medical conditions.

You can report power cuts to 105.

What you can do during bad weather

In times of need the council website will provide key information on school closures, revised bin collections, road conditions and other snow/ice related details. We also make them available to the local radio stations.

Be a good neighbour - check on friends and neighbours to make sure they are okay, especially those who are elderly and vulnerable. If they more help than you can give speak to our adult social care team by calling 01344 352000.

When there is snow you can help by quickly clearing pavements around your home. There is no law preventing members of the public from clearing snow and ice from pavements near their home, although common sense should be applied. 

Drive safely - if you do need to drive during periods of bad weather check the forecast in advance and plan enough time for a trip that may involve delays and dangerous driving conditions.

Whatever the weather, be prepared and take action accordingly. The Met Office is a good source of information.

What the council does when it snows

To help you get out and about, the council's contractors will give priority to the primary road network. This is to help ensure that buses can still run to get people to work and that emergency vehicles and food deliveries can get around.

Once they are under control then attention can be given to the secondary roads within the resources available. By this approach we try to ensure all major roads around the borough and those outside schools, shopping areas and health centres are kept available for use as best we can. Please visit our gritting page for more information.

The council and its contractors will also try to avoid any delay to waste collection services, but should extreme snowfall and/or ice disrupt the service, revised collection dates will be available on the councils website.

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