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Weather Alert - Heatwave (Level 3) - 24th - 26th June 2020

We've entered into the warmer months and so the Public Health and Wellbeing Team will be sending out alerts ahead of particularly high temperatures to help you stay safe and well.

A Heatwave level 3 warning has been issued from

Wednesday 24th June to Friday 26th June 2020

This means that temperatures are likely to rise to levels that increase the risk of ill health among vulnerable adults, particularly older people and those with long term conditions.
 
Stay out of the sun. Keep your home as cool as possible – shading windows and shutting them during the day may help. Open them when it is cooler at night. Keep drinking fluids. If there’s anybody you know, for example an older person living on their own, who might be at special risk, make sure they know what to do"

 
Coping with hot weather Tips

  • Shut windows and pull down the shades when it is hotter outside. You can open the windows for ventilation when it is cooler.
  • Avoid the heat: stay out of the sun and don't go out between 11am and 3pm (the hottest part of the day) if you're vulnerable to the effects of heat.
  • Keep rooms cool by using shades or reflective material outside the windows. If this isn't possible, use light-colored curtains and keep them closed (metallic blinds and dark curtains can make the room hotter).
  • Have cool baths or showers and splash yourself with cool water.
  • Drink cold drinks regularly, such as water and diluted fruit juice. Avoid excess alcohol, caffeine (tea, coffee and cola) or drinks high in sugar.
  • Listen to alerts on the radio, TV and social media about keeping cool. 
  • Plan to make sure you have enough supplies, such as food, water and any medications you need.
  • Identify the coolest room in the house so you know where to go to keep cool.
  • Wear loose, cool clothing, and a hat and sunglasses if you go outdoors.
  • Check up on friends, relatives and neighbors who may be less able to look after themselves.
  • If you're worried about yourself or a vulnerable neighbor, friend or relative, you can contact the local environmental health office at your local authority.

Remember that people with asthma, heart disease and/or other additional chronic conditions are additionally health sensitive to ozone and/or heat.

Heatwave: how to cope in hot weather (NHS)