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The Met Office has issued a Level 3 – Heatwave Action Heat Health Alert for parts of England.

The Met Office has issued a Level 3 Heat Health Alert between 12pm on Tuesday 9 August and 11pm on Sunday 14 August in parts of England. 

View the full warning below:

Met Office - Heat Health (external link)

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Information on road closures, roadworks and other incidents can be found on the West Sussex travel information map.

The latest train service updates are available on the National Rail enquiries website.


General advice

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.

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 11am and 3pm (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.
  • Find suggestions on ways to reduce your overall household water use on our Climate Action webpages.

Also, please don’t forget about the animals in your care and view the top tips for keeping pets cool in hot weather by using the RSPCA link below.


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Fire safety advice

With temperatures forecast to rise, coupled with the long spell of recent dry weather, it doesn’t take much to accidentally start a wildfire.

Wildfires have significant and prolonged impacts on communities. However, they can easily be prevented by following West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service’s top tips:

  • Leave disposable barbecues to cool for several hours and cover them in water before putting them in the bin.
  • Dispose of cigarettes responsibly and ensure they are fully extinguished.
  • Keep barbecues well away from sheds, trees or shrubs and keep them on a flat surface.
  • Keep a bucket of water or sand nearby for emergencies.
  • Keep glass (such as bottles) and mirrors away from sunlight – including objects in the view of windows.
  • Don’t burn garden waste or start fires unnecessarily (including campfires) – they can get out of hand very quickly as a result of the dry conditions.

Remember: if you see an outdoor fire, call 999 immediately.

For fires in the home: get out, stay out and call 999.

More information on barbecue fire safety can be found at: www.westsussex.gov.uk/barbecuefiresafety.

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