Over the next two weeks, London and the south of England will experience very low temperatures.
In the day, temperatures are expected to be under 10 degrees and at night the temperature is likely to drop below freezing.
Here are some tips to help keep you warm:
- Heating your home – If you are worried about using too much energy when heating your home, only heat the rooms you spend the most amount of time in, such as your lounge or bedroom. Ensure you keep the doors closed in these rooms and close the curtains at night to keep the heat in. Turn off heaters in hallways and areas that you are not using. If you have wood or laminate flooring, laying down rugs can help insulate your home.
- Layer up – Wearing lots of layers can keep you warmer than one thick piece of clothing. Material made from wool, cotton or a fleecy fabric will keep you warmer than thinner materials. Adding a hat, scarf and gloves can significantly keep you warmer when outside.
- Block out draughts – Try and block any windows and doors that could let in a draught. When using material or a draught excluder, ensure these areas are away from heaters and open fires.
- Let the light in – Open your windows in the day to let the light in and warm your home. When it gets dark, close the windows to keep the heat in.
- Use a hot water bottle – A hot water bottle is a cost effective way to keep you warm and can be taken with you wherever you are in your home.
- Warm food and drinks – Making warming food and drinks such as tea, soups, stews and porridge can help keep you warm. If you’re trying to keep your energy bills down, using an air fryer, slow cooker and microwave can help, as well as making a pot of tea and keeping it in a thermal flask.
- Move more – Light exercise, such as a walk or a free workout video on YouTube can help keep you warm. Try and move once an hour, even if it’s to the kitchen and back.
Check what support you may be entitled to by visiting the Citizens Advice website. If you need advice from the NHS, call 111.