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Heat-health watch alert: level 3 – heatwave action

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19 June 2017

The Met Office has issued a Level 3 Heatwave Alert for the period 0900 on Monday to 0900 on Thursday in parts of England: temperatures are expected to be at or over 31oC day/16oC at night for the next few days.

Keeping cool in hot weather is very important for health for everyone and especially older people, people with disabilities or long term illness and young children. If sensible precautions are taken, people are less likely to be adversely affected by hot conditions.
To help everyone to cope with the hot weather, please share the following advice:

  • Stay tuned to the weather forecast on the radio, TV
  • Drink lots of cool drinks (like water and diluted fruit juice) to stay hydrated - avoid excess alcohol, caffeine (tea, coffee and cola) and drinks high in sugar.
  • Wear light, loose fitting cotton clothing
  • Stick to your coolest rooms. Turn off non-essential lights and electrical items as the add to the heat in the room.
  • Keep windows and curtains closed during the day - open windows for ventilation later once it has cooled down.
  • Take cool baths or showers and splash yourself with cool water.
  • When you go out wear a hat and UV sunglasses. Always protect exposed skin with sunscreen (with a minimum SPF 15 with UVA protection). Stay out of the sun during the hottest part of the day (11am – 3pm) - if you must go out, walk in the shade and take plenty of water with you. See www.sunsmart.org.uk for more advice
  • Avoid extreme physical exertion – especially during the hottest part of the day
  • Don’t leave children or animals alone in cars
  • If you are worried that someone is not coping please call a family member or local social care services.

Heat stress, heat exhaustion and heat stroke

Please make sure you are aware of the signs and symptoms of heat related illness and actions you can take to help.

If you are concerned about anyone call NHS 111 for advice. In an emergency call 999

More information and advice

For more heatwave advice see the NHS Factsheet “Beat the heat: staying safe in hot weather
For more summer health advice visit NHS Choices
More details about the weather alert is available on the MET Office website

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