During the warmer months increased temperatures can be extremely dangerous. They can affect the young, elderly and seriously ill. We work with our partners to ensure that these vulnerable groups are adequately supported.
There are 4 stages to a heatwave as defined by the:
- 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.
How you can 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, especially isolated, elderly, ill or very young people, and make sure they are able to keep cool.
- Sign up for severe weather alerts
- Protect your business - How to prepare a business continuity plan to help in the event of extreme weather.
- Heatwave: be prepared - NHS Choices
- Met Office: Heat-health watch - Available 1 June-15 September.
- UK weather forecast - Met Office
- Workplace temperatures - Guidance from GOV.UK on employers' responsibilities.