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19 July 2016

Heatwave forecast

Level 2 heatwave alerts have been issued for the South West region.

The Met Office has confirmed that threshold temperatures over the next few days are high enough to have a significant effect on health, especially on older people, infants, or young children. 

Public Health England advises people to keep safe in the sun, seek shade to cool down and keep hydrated with plenty of cool fluids. 

  • try to keep out of the sun between 11am and 3pm
  • wear UV sunglasses, preferably wraparound, to reduce UV exposure to the eyes, walk in the shade, apply sunscreen of at least SPF15 with UVA protection, wear a hat. Wear light, loose-fitting cotton clothes. This should minimise the risk of sunburn.
  • avoid physical exertion
  • drink plenty of cold drinks and when travelling ensure you take water with you
  • if you have a health problem, keep medicines below 25 °C or in the refrigerator
  • look out for others especially vulnerable groups such as the older people, young children and babies and those with serious illnesses
  • never leave anyone in a closed, parked vehicle, especially infants, older people, young children or animals

Remember that it can get uncomfortably hot indoors too. Try to keep your bedroom and living space cool by closing the curtains on windows that face the sun and opening your windows at cooler times of the day and overnight when safe to do so. Turn off non-essential lights and electrical items as these generate heat.

For more information on ways to enjoy the sun safely click here or for a keep cool at home checklist click here