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The Met Office has issued a Level 2: Alert & Readiness Heatwave Alert

Heatwave and hot weather guidance – Tuesday 26th June 9:00am – Thursday 28th June 2018 6:00pm

The Met Office has issued a Level 2: Alert and readiness Heatwave Alert

There is an 80 % probability of heatwave conditions between 0900 on Tuesday and 1800 on Thursday in parts of England.

Dry and sunny weather will lead to temperatures gradually trending upwards during the coming week. By Tuesday, isolated spots in the North and West are likely to see temperatures exceeding their thresholds. Whilst very warm or hot weather is also expected in the other regions, temperatures are currently not expected to reach thresholds in these locations until at least Thursday. Eastern parts, especially along the coast, are also likely to see cooler temperatures than the rest of the country due to an onshore breeze along with the risk of some patch mist or low cloud moving in from the North Sea at times. This warning is likely to be extended from Thursday onward, with the chance of more areas being included, as the dry and settled conditions are expected to persist into the weekend. However their remains some uncertainty with the extent and location of the warmest temperatures beyond Thursday.

Southwest England60%Isolated spots, mainly in the north and near western coasts, at greatest risk of hot conditions developing from Tuesday.

During this period of time you should ensure the following is implemented:

Commissioners of health and social care (all settings)Providers – health and social care staff in all settings (community, hospitals and care homes)Community and voluntary sector and individualsCare homes and hospitals:

• communicate public media messages – especially to ‘hard to reach’ vulnerable groups

• communicate alerts to staff and make sure that they are aware of heatwave plans

• implement business continuity

• increase advice to health and social care workers working in community, care homes and hospitals

• check high-risk people have visitor/phone call arrangements in place

• reconfirm key public health messages to clients

• check client’s room temperature if visiting

Community groups:

• keep an eye on people you know to be at risk

• stay tuned into the weather forecast and keep stocked with food and medications

• check ambient room temperatures


• stay tuned into the weather forecast

• check ambient room temperatures – especially those rooms where disabled or high risk individuals spend most of their time

• keep an eye on people you know to be at risk – ensure they have access to plenty of cool liquids

• look out for vulnerable neighbours

• check indoor temperatures are recorded regularly during the hottest periods for all areas where patients reside

• ensure cool areas are below 26°C

• review and prioritise high-risk people

• ensure sufficient cold water and ice

• consider weighing clients regularly to identify dehydration and rescheduling physio to cooler hours

• communicate alerts to staff and make sure that they are aware of heatwave plans

• ensure sufficient staffing

• implement business continuity



As you may be aware the Heat-Health Watch Period commenced on 1 June 2018 and will run until the 15 September 2018. The Met Office (link below) monitor the situation and periodically send weather updates / predictions to nominated DCC Officers who in turn may forward you information and requests for action should the need arise.


The ‘Heat-Health watch’ system comprises of five  levels of response, based on regional threshold day and night-time temperatures as defined by the Met Office.

Threshold temperatures for the South West region are 30 degrees C daytime and 15 degrees C night-time.

Level 0: Long Term Planning – year round long tern planning, so that longer term actions (such as those linked to spatial planning and housing) are taken to reduce the harm to health of severe heat when it occurs

Level 1: Summer Preparedness – This is the minimum state of preparedness.

Level 2: Alert and Readiness – This is triggered as soon as the Met Office forecasts that there is a 60 per cent chance of temperatures being high enough on at least two consecutive days to have a significant effects on health.  This will normally occur 2–3 days before the event is expected.  As death rates rise soon after temperature increases, with many deaths occurring in the first two days, this is an important stage to ensure readiness and swift action to reduce harm from a potential heatwave.

Level 3: Heatwave Action – Triggered as soon as the Met Office confirms that threshold temperatures have been reached in any one region or more.  This stage requires specific actions targeted at high-risk groups.

Level 4: Major Incident – Emergency response – This is reached when a heat wave is so severe and/or prolonged that its effects extend outside health and social care, such as power or water shortages, and/or where the integrity of health and social care systems is threatened. At this level, illness and death may occur among the fit and healthy, and not just in the high-risk groups and will require a multi sector response at national and regional levels.


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