23rd November, 2016
At this time of year, in the UK, we can pretty much expect any sort of severe weather be it high winds, heavy rain, ice on the roads, fog or snowfall. To help us to plan and prepare for the potential disruption this weather can bring, the Met Office issues weather warnings that are now included in all the major weather forecasting broadcasts. But do you really know what they mean?
We decided to take a look at the different warnings to see exactly they refer to and what it means for all of us.
The first thing to mention is that the warnings are given a colour coding depending on a combination of both the likelihood of the event happening and the impact the conditions may have.
The messages associated with each of the colours are:
Green (Very low risk) – Be aware that here is a very small risk of severe weather
Yellow (Low risk) – Be aware that there is a small potential for severe weather
Severe weather is possible over the next few days that could affect you. You should plan ahead thinking about possible travel delays and the disruption to your day-to-day activities. The conditions are being monitored and you should keep an eye on the latest forecast. Be aware that the weather may change or worsen, leading to the disruption of your plans in the next few days.
Amber (Medium risk) – Be prepared there is likely to be severe weather
There is an increased likelihood of bad weather affecting you, which could potentially disrupt your plans and possibly cause travel delays, road and rail closures, interruption to power and the potential risk to life and property. You need to be prepared to change your plans and protect yourself, your family and community from the impacts of the severe weather.
Red (High risk) – Take action, we are expecting severe weather
Extreme weather is expected. You should take action now to keep yourself and others safe from the impact of the weather. Widespread damage, travel and power disruption and risk to life is likely. You must avoid dangerous areas and follow the advice of the emergency services and local authorities.
Hopefully, you won’t be too badly affected by this winter’s severe weather but as you can see being prepared enables you to plan better. So, with the prospect of the colder, winter weather on the way it’s time to plan for your winter gritting and snow clearing. Act now so that everything is in place for when the snow and ice appear. Call us today on 01728 633900 for a quote tailored to your needs.