The UK has a heat-health watch system in operation between 1st June and 15th September.
Alerts are issued when the Met Office forecasts that regional temperatures are likely to reach certain threshold s. In the South West, this is reaching 30 °C on two consecutive days and 15°C on the intervening night. These forecasts can change regularly so it is important to keep up to date with local weather forecasts.
As advised by Public Health England, please follow these simple steps during hot weather:
- It’s very important for people to try to avoid being outside during the hottest times of the day, between 11am and 3pm.
- Remember to drink plenty of cold, non-alcoholic drinks and wear cool clothing.
- If people do go outdoors, they should also remember to use a high factor sunscreen and stay in the shade whenever possible.
- Try to make sure that living areas inside your home are as cool as possible. Closing curtains can help shield rooms from direct sunlight.
- And check on family members and neighbours who are at particular risk and may need extra help keeping cool.”
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