The Met Office and the Department of Health have issued a Cold Weather Alert with temperatures in Crawley expected to drop as low as minus 4°C on Tuesday morning (December 11).
The Level 3 (severe) warning is valid until 3pm on Thursday (December 13) and predicts a 90 per cent chance of freezing and very cold conditions across the south east.
The Department of Health stated that the cold weather may increase health risks to older people, the very young and people with pre-existing medical conditions as well as increasing the chances of heart attacks, strokes, lung illnesses and influenza.
A spokesman said: “If you know or look after someone who may be particularly susceptible to the effects of very cold weather, please help make sure they stay warm and well.”
Cold weather advice from NHS Choices:
Draw your curtains at dusk and keep your doors closed to block out draughts.
Have regular hot drinks and eat at least one hot meal a day if possible. Eating regularly helps keep energy levels up during winter.
Wear several light layers of warm clothes (rather than one chunky layer).
Keep as active in your home as possible.
Wrap up warm and wear shoes with a good grip if you need to go outside on cold days.
Keep your main living room at around 18-21°C (65-70°F), and the rest of the house at least 16°C (61°F). If you can’t heat all the rooms you use, heat the living room during the day and the bedroom just before you go to sleep.