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Hot Weather Alert

Published on 02 July 2018 01:09 PM

The Met Office has issued a Hot Weather Alert for the West Midlands, South East, South West and London regions of England.

Temperatures are likely to exceed 30 °C by day and 15 °C overnight between Monday and Tuesday evening. There can be serious health consequences from too much heat and older people are particularly at-risk if above average temperatures last for at least two days. 

Closely monitor people who depend on you for their care and ask them to take the following steps:

- Shut windows and pull down the shades when it is hotter outside. Windows can be opened for ventilation when it’s cooler.

- Avoid the heat: stay out of the sun and don't go out between 11am and 3pm (the hottest part of the day) if you're vulnerable to the effects of heat.

- 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 diluted fruit juice. Avoid excess alcohol, caffeine (tea, coffee and cola) or drinks high in sugar.

Listen to alerts on the radio, TV and social media about keeping cool. 

- 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 and sunglasses if you go outdoors.

More detailed forecasts for individual regions can be found on the Met Office website here:

https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/public/weather/regional-forecasts