Harrogate and Ripon cold snap to continue into weekend

Snow is forecast for Boxing Day.

Snow is forecast for Boxing Day.

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Health warnings have been issued as the cold snap hitting the Harrogate district looks likely to continue into the weekend.

Temperatures across Harrogate and Ripon are unlikely to exceed 2C on Saturday, the Met office has warned.

A cold weather alert has been issued across northern England.

Upland areas in the region are today expected to wake up to more wintry weather, with cold temperatures likely to persist into Sunday morning. Health chiefs are urging people to look out for vulnerable relatives, friends and neighbours.

Stephen Morton, regional director for Public Health England, said: “Cold does kill, even in places where the temperatures aren’t at their lowest.

“This is also a good time to think about how the bad weather may affect your friends and family, particularly if they are older or very young or have pre-existing health conditions.

“Our advice is that when indoors, have plenty of warm food and drinks to stay warm and try to maintain indoor temperatures to at least 18C, particularly if you are not mobile, have long-term illness or are 65 or over.”

Power was yesterday restored to thousands of homes left without electricity after gales and lightning strikes swept northern Britain.

Properties in the Western Isles were worst affected by the stormy conditions along the west coast of Scotland. A wind speed of 144mph was recorded on St Kilda, with gusts of more than 80mph also hitting some low-lying areas.

Snow and rain will clear today to give way to brighter weather, although unsettled conditions will return for the weekend.