The Met Office has issued a Level 3 Heat Health Alert.
There is a 90 per cent probability of Heat-Health criteria being met between noon on Thursday 6 August and 9pm on Tuesday 11 August in parts of England.
View the full warning at the Met Office Heat Health Watch site.
Hot weather can affect your health. The people most likely to be affected are the elderly, the very young, and people with pre-existing medical conditions. In particular, very hot weather can make heart and breathing problems worse.
Heatwave and Covid-19
Please note that additional information and tips for Covid-19 and a heatwave have been issued by the government.
- Fans should not be used in offices as this could increase the spread of infection. Remember that fans are ineffective in temperatures above 35°C and cause increased dehydration
- Open windows and use blinds to help regulate temperature
- Staff wearing PPE should keep hydrated, change masks regularly (especially if damp) and ensure that their own wellbeing is maintained
- Paracetamol (and aspirin) may be used to manage Covid-related symptoms but it is recommended that they are not used solely to reduce body temperature. Always consult your pharmacist, GP or NHS 111 for advice
- Keep cool and hydrated by regularly sipping cold water-based drinks and avoid alcohol
- Use sponges or cloths made damp by cold water to help control your temperature
- Close blinds and curtains to help control the temperature of your home
- Check on the wellbeing of vulnerable friends and family who may be shielding or who are isolated. Remember to observe social distancing guidance social distancing guidance
The full guidance can be found here.
Please follow this advice to keep cool and comfortable and reduce health risks:
- Shut windows and pull down the shades when it is hotter outside. If it's safe, open them for ventilation when it is cooler.
- Avoid the heat: stay out of the sun and don't go out between 11.00am and 3.00pm (the hottest part of the day).
- Keep rooms cool by using shades or reflective material outside the windows. If this isn't possible, use light-coloured 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 fruit juice. Avoid tea, coffee and alcohol.
- Plan ahead 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 if you go outdoors.
- Check up on friends, relatives and neighbours who may be less able to look after themselves.
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