Forecast of wintry showers could make travelling conditions challenging

Authored by News Desk

Wintry showers could make conditions on Devon’s roads hazardous overnight and into tomorrow morning, Devon County Council is warning.

While most of the county is likely to see rain and hail showers over the next 24 hours, up to 3.5cm of snow is forecast for higher ground such as Dartmoor, with less expected on Exmoor and the Blackdown Hills.

Devon County Council’s fleet of...

4 outdoor activities you can enjoy in Devon over winter

Authored by Sarah Parker

Why wait until the summer to get out and explore? We all know that January is a time to make a change for the upcoming year, but let’s face it does anyone actually stick to this?

Don’t be that person, if you have set yourself the goal of getting outside more in 2020, start now and enjoy some of the many outdoor activities that await you, who says you can only do these activities in...

Avoid flu – book your child’s vaccination appointment

Authored by Sarah Parker

Amid warnings that new cases of flu could peak over the busy Christmas period, the parents of a nine-year-old boy from Devon who died from the illness in January last year, are calling on parents to vaccinate their children.

The request follows the release of data from Public Health England (PHE), showing that GP consultations across the country for Influenza-like illness have risen...

Devon's winter teams prepared

Authored by Mary

Devon County Council’s winter service teams are prepared and ready if they are called into action over the Christmas holidays and throughout the rest of the winter season.

The authority has upgraded six gritters to replace older vehicles in its winter fleet of 37 frontline gritters.

So far this winter, around 3,000 tonnes of salt have been used on Devon’s roads. The Council...

Elderly urged to sign up to Cold Weather Priority

Authored by News Desk

As we start 2019, weather forecasters have said the UK could see another Beast From The East and, liquid fuels trade association The Federation of Petroleum Suppliers (FPS) is urging elderly people age 75+, using heating oil, to sign up to the Cold Weather Priority initiative, as it responds to the latest figures from the Office of National Statistics which show an estimated 50,100 excess...

Winter death asthma attack alert

Authored by Mary

Asthma UK is urging people with asthma to be vigilant in winter as data shows the number of people who die because of an asthma attack peaks in January1 and remains high in February and March.

Data from the Office for National Statistics highlights that asthma is the cause of proportionately more excess winter deaths than other conditions and respiratory diseases were the underlying...

500,000 people in SW cutting back on winter essentials to pay rent or mortgage

Authored by Mary

The New Year may not be very happy for hundreds of thousands of people in the South West, as research by Shelter reveals a fifth of rent or mortgage payers in the region are cutting back on winter heating and clothing to meet their housing payments. This is the equivalent to 500,000 people.

The study by housing and homelessness charity Shelter and YouGov shows the strain people in the...

Stay Well this winter in Plymouth

Authored by Mary

Plymouth City Council is urging local people to get their flu jabs as a major campaign to keep people well this winter is launched.

Public Health England has kicked off the new ‘Stay Well This Winter’ campaign with a new national flu vaccination programme for children, which this year seeks to help over three million 2-6 year olds, as the programme is extended to children in school...

Will this be the worst winter for 50 years?

Authored by George Dawson

An El Niño climate event is under way that could lead to conditions similar to those of 2009/2010 (which saw the coldest January in decades) and possibly the worst for 65 years.

El Niño is one of three key climate patterns that could lead to changes in our global temperature.

It can trigger droughts in some areas, typhoons in others and is associated with an increased chance of...

Winter likely to have been sunniest since 1929

Authored by Mary

This winter is very likely to be a record breaker. Provisional Met Office statistics show that the UK has had its sunniest winter in records dating back to 1929.

While the figures for temperature and rainfall are fairly average, it has been one of, if not the sunniest winter in UK records dating back to 1929.

By 25 February the UK had already seen 189 hours of sunshine,...