HEALTH chiefs issued a nationwide alert yesterday warning of a killer freeze on the way.
Dubbed the “Beast from the East”, the weather system is set to roar in from Siberia bringing widespread snow and freezing temperatures.
Older people in particular were warned to take extra care to keep warm as night-time temperatures are expected to plunge as low as -9C (16F), sending death rates soaring.
The Department of Health took the rare step of issuing a Level 2 cold weather health warning for the whole of England, running from 6pm tomorrow until 9am on Tuesday.
The alert was triggered because it is likely temperatures will remain below 2C for 48 hours or more.
A Department of Health spokesman said: “There is a 60-70 per cent chance of all regions having temperatures low enough to give rise to significant health risks.
Low temperatures can especially be dangerous for the young and the elderly or those with chronic disease.”
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