Staying healthy in cold weather

Published: 07 December 2022

Severe cold weather and icy conditions are expected in the south east over the winter, with a cold spell due between Wednesday 7 December and Monday 12 December.  General advice on staying well in the extreme weather is:


  • Heat homes to at least 18°C (65oF) poses minimal risk to the health of a sedentary person, wearing suitable clothing
  • The 18°C (65oF) threshold is particularly important for people 65 years and over or with pre-existing medical conditions; having temperatures slightly above this threshold may be beneficial for health
  • Maintaining the 18°C (65oF) threshold overnight may be beneficial to protect the health of those 65 years and over or with pre-existing medical conditions; they should continue to use sufficient bedding, clothing and thermal blankets, or heating aids as appropriate
  • There is an existing recommendation to reduce sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). Advice is that rooms in which infants sleep should be heated to between 16 to 20°C (61 to 68oF)
  • When going outside, it is important to dress warmly and to wear shoes with non-slip soles
  • If you know anyone who might be at particular risk, make sure they know what to do to stay warm, and that they are well stocked with food and medications


The NHS web site has a page of advice on How to Stay Well this Winter.   There is also a "Stay Well This Winter" leaflet which is available on the web site.

AgeUK has produced a leaflet, “Winter Wrapped Up”, which gives advice and guidance on staying warm and healthy during the winter months.

Advice for the public on financial support and benefits can be found on the Government's web site.  

The Cost of Living Support Hub pages of West Berkshire Council's web site also give information about financial support available.