A spokesperson said: “Freezing conditions are forecast in some areas and evidence shows that the risk of heart attacks, strokes and other serious breathing problems increases as temperatures plummet.
The warning comes as the NHS faces mounting pressure this winter forcing hospitals to cancel thousands of operations, sparking fears the health service is in a ‘winter crisis.’
Storm Eleanor caused chaos across the country this week, with gusts as high as 77mph were recorded in High Bradfield, Yorkshire and winds of 69mph on the Isle of Wight.
Thousands of homes were left without power and buildings badly destroyed in the severe winds.
In Epsom, Surrey, a four-year-old boy and his mother were injured by bricks falling from a building – wind and poor light meant it was not possible to secure the roof and brickwork of the damaged building after the incident as it was unsafe to install the scaffolding needed.
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Flooding has also caused the River Thames in London to burst its banks, leaving cars stranded and roads deep in water.
In Cambridge, a flood warning was announced for the River Cam, after rainfall from Storm Eleanor meant the water levels were rising.
A spokesman for the Met Office said: “All the warnings have now expired for wind, which is good news.
“There will be a breeze around, particularly across the south of the country, and thereafter it gradually turns a lot more settled into the weekend.
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