Severe Weather

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Severe weather is any aspect of the weather that poses risks to life or property. It can be difficult to predict and can take on many different forms, including low temperatures and heavy snow, storms and gales, heatwaves, heavy rain and flooding. Severe weather can cause significant disruption to daily routine, by disrupting public services, the private sector and the economy of Wales. It is important to be prepared for all eventualities when it comes to the weather by having a plan and having your emergency kit at the ready.

The Met Office provides up to date information so that you can be prepared for any severe weather heading your way. Through their National Severe Weather Warning Service, they warn the public and emergency responders of severe or hazardous weather which has the potential to cause danger to life or widespread disruption.

Impacts of Severe Weather

  • Affect the ability of statutory agencies to respond to incidents.
  • Staff travelling to work.
  • School closures.
  • Disruption to transport infrastructure.
  • Power and water shortages.
  • Increased car break downs.
  • Flooding.
  • High winds dislodging debris.
  • Increase in trauma and admissions to hospital.
  • Increased threat of injury or death to vulnerable people.
  • Possible food and fuel shortages.

Ensure you are prepared when you travel when there is severe weather, or severe weather is predicted.