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.