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Manchester Airport closes its runways due to heavy snowfall | Weather United Kingdom

Manchester Airport has closed both of its runways due to heavy snowfall, and large parts of the UK have been warned to expect extreme weather over the weekend.

Passengers were advised that the runways had been temporarily closed and that they should contact their airlines for up-to-date information.

The airport said there have been eight outbound flight cancellations so far. Meanwhile, 13 planes due to land at the airport were diverted, along with three incoming ones.

“Health and safety will always be our top priority and operations will resume as soon as possible,” a spokesperson said.

The Met Office has warned that its forecast for temperatures as low as -10C (14F) in isolated areas on Saturday and Sunday could cause travel disruption, particularly until Monday morning.

He also said that some rural communities could be isolated and that electricity cuts and mobile phone coverage could be affected.

Snow is forecast for Scotland and south-east England, with a yellow warning in place for much of Scotland until Sunday lunchtime.

On Saturday, it extended ice warnings in Northern Ireland, Wales and south-west England to include snow until noon on Sunday.

On Sunday, a snow and ice warning comes into effect at 9am for most of London and parts of south-east England until 9am Monday, with a 30% chance of have up to 5 cm of snow.

The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) has sent a level three cold weather alert covering England until next Friday after extending it from Monday.

Met Office chief meteorologist Steve Willington said: “It remains cold with daytime temperatures remaining just a few degrees above freezing in many places over the next few days, and nighttime temperatures falling to -10°C or less in isolated locations.

“Although below average, these temperatures are not that unusual for this time of year.”

He said there was a risk of freezing fog in some places, particularly in southern England, on Sunday and Monday mornings.

“There is also a small risk that a band of sleet or snow will move into the extreme south-east on Sunday. If this happens, it could potentially cause disruption, particularly at rush hour on Monday. .

The UKHSA advises people to be mindful of friends and family who are vulnerable to the cold and to ensure they have access to hot food and drink, adding that people should maintain indoor temperatures of at least minus 18C (64F).

Dr Agostinho Sousa, consultant in public health medicine at UKHSA, said: “Cold weather can have serious health consequences, and the elderly and those with heart or lung conditions may be particularly at risk.

“If you have a pre-existing medical condition, you need to heat your home to a comfortable temperature for you.

“In rooms you use the most, like the living room or bedroom, try to heat them to at least 18°C ​​if you can. Keep your bedroom windows closed at night. Wearing layers of clothing will keep you warmer. warm only one thicker layer.

Darren Clark, head of weather resilience at National Highways, said the gravels would be there to keep freeways and major A-roads open.

“National Highways is committed to treating every road that needs to be treated – whenever necessary,” he said.

Motoring organization RAC said it had been “unusually busy” in recent days, receiving a quarter more breakdown reports than usual for this time of year.

More than 3,200 hot banks, run by local authorities and charities to provide heat to those who cannot afford to heat their homes, are open across the UK, according to the Warm Welcome Campaign.

He said many were a third or half full and offered a variety of services, from hot drinks to a workplace.

Save the Children UK said 194 of 355 councils in England and Wales were directly involved or supporting local groups to open warm spaces this winter.

Becca Lyon, child poverty manager at the charity, said: ‘Families shouldn’t be in a position of arguing about whether to put the heating on to sub-zero temperatures.

“Parents told us they would risk going into debt to keep their children warm.”

Richard Wenham, vice-chairman of the Local Government Association’s resource council, said: “Hot centers and other similar programs are among the many actions councils are taking to support those who need it most this winter, but these emergency programs should not become the norm and are not a sustainable solution to closing the gap between income and the current cost of living.

People on the lowest incomes in hundreds of affected postcode areas in England and Wales are to receive a £25 cold weather payment.

Government payments have been triggered for eligible households in areas where the average temperature has been recorded or is expected to be 0C or lower for seven consecutive days.

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