Last updated:
28 June 2017

Dealing with a heatwave

Find out the stages of a heatwave and how to protect yourself and others.

Increased temperatures can be extremely dangerous and can affect the young, elderly and those seriously ill.

During the summer months Emergency Management works with social and healthcare services to ensure that awareness and background preparedness are maintained by the measures set out in our respective heatwave plans.

There are 4 stages to a heatwave as defined by the Department of Heath Heatwave Plan for England:

  • Level 1 – normal level, be aware of what to do in a heatwave.
  • Level 2 – a heatwave is likely in the next few days.
  • Level 3 – a heatwave is happening.
  • Level 4 – a severe heatwave is happening.

Protect yourself and others

  • Stay out of the heat and keep out of the sun between 11.00am and 3.00pm.
  • Cool yourself down and drink plenty of water.
  • Keep your environment cool and place a thermometer in your main living room and bedroom to keep a check on the temperature.
  • Look out for others and keep an eye on isolated, elderly, ill or very young people and make sure they are able to keep cool.

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