The MET Office uses a coloured scale to indicate both the likelihood and the impact of severe weather conditions.
No severe weather: There is a very low risk of severe weather. You should still monitor your local weather forecast and make sure you're prepared for severe weather in the future.
Be aware: Severe weather is possible over the next few days and may affect you. You should plan ahead, making sure that you are prepared for issues such as power outages and supply shortages as conditions may worsen. Travel delays and disruptions to your day to day activities are possible, and you should monitor the situation based on the MET Office forecast.
Be prepared: There is an increased likelihood of bad weather affecting you, which is likely to disrupt your plans and cause travel delays. Disruption to power and other services is likely. Make sure you are prepared with torches, wind-up radios, warm clothing and blankets. You should continue to monitor the MET Office forecast and warnings, and should look out for vulnerable family, friends and community members.
Take action: Extreme weather is expected, with widespread damage, disruption and risk to life is likely. You must act immediately to keep yourself and others safe from the weather. In particular, avoid dangerous areas and follow the advice of the emergency services and local authorities.