The Met Office advises all local authorities on the probability of extreme weather conditions, and we post these weather alerts on social media and on this page.
These alerts are shared with residents through:
- local newspapers
- this website
- social media
- communications with community organisations
Extreme weather alerts are triggered by the likelihood of set thresholds being breached.
For detailed information visit the Met Office website.Check for Met Office weather warnings
Alerts are numbered and colour coded to indicate their importance
Level 1 – Green – Preparedness and action
This is the minimum state of vigilance.
Level 2 – Yellow – Alert and readiness
This is triggered by the Met Office as soon as the risk is 60% or above for any of the thresholds to be breached.
This is an important stage for social and healthcare services who will be working to ensure readiness and swift action to reduce harm from a potential period of extreme weather.
Level 3 – Amber – Severe weather action
This is triggered by the Met Office when we are experiencing weather which breaches any of the thresholds.
This stage requires social and healthcare services to target specific actions at high-risk groups.
Level 4 – Red – National Emergency
This is reached when a period of extreme weather is so severe and/or prolonged that its effects extend outside the health and social care system.
A level 4 warning would be issued on advice from, or in collaboration with, our Government partners.
At this level, the health effects may occur among the fit and healthy, and not just in high-risk groups.
A free Met Office weather app is available for smart phones and other hand held devices.
The app’s key features include a five day forecasts for UK locations, and ‘push notifications’ for UK National Severe Weather Warnings for your chosen region.
Our Council Services in extreme weather
Current news and information about our Council services in extreme weather will be displayed on our home page.