The Met Office has issued a cold weather warning for Lancashire, as temperatures are set to dip to 1°C.

The level two cold weather alert is in place from 9am today (February 6) until midday Wednesday February 8 and means there is a 60 per cent chance of severe cold weather between this period.

This weather could increase the health risks to vulnerable patients and disrupt the delivery of services.

A Met Office spokesperson said there is a chance of frost and freezing fog in areas covered by the alert

A spokesperson said: “Clear spells during the nights will allow temperatures to fall below freezing, with widespread frosts developing.

“Temperatures likely recovering during the days to near average for the time of year, but then quickly falling again into the evenings with some freezing fog likely to form in places alongside frosts redeveloping.

“Cloud does push down from the north from the start of the week, making cold conditions less likely for northern areas, but still likely in the south.

“Low confidence in the details of how far south this cloud will reach does introduce some uncertainty across central areas regarding the northward extent of the cold conditions.”

With a yellow cold weather warning, social and healthcare services who will be working to ensure readiness and swift action to reduce harm from a potential period of cold weather.

Cold weather can be dangerous, especially for older people, those with underlying health conditions, and young children.

A Met Office spokesperson has advised the public to check on  friends, family or neighbours and to stock up foods and medicines so you don’t have to go out too much when it’s cold or icy.

When indoors, stay warm, heat homes to at least 18°C, and keep up-to-date with the weather forecast.

In Blackburn with Darwen, temperatures are set to dip as low as 1°C in the coming days but the icy wind will make it seem more like -3°C.

Here is a seven day forecast:

  • Monday, February 6: Sunny changing to partly cloudy by early evening. Highs of 6°C and lows of -2°C.
  • Tuesday, February 7: Cloudy. Highs of 7°C and lows of 1°C.
  • Wednesday, February 8: Cloudy. Highs of 5°C and lows of 2°C.
  • Thursday, February 9: Partly cloudy. Highs of 7°C and lows of 3°C.
  • Friday, February 10: Cloudy. Highs of 8°C and lows of 7°C.
  • Saturday, February 11: Overcast changing to light rain by late morning. Highs of 9°C and lows of 3°C.
  • Sunday, February 11: Cloudy changing to sunny by lunchtime. Highs of 8°C and lows of 3°C.