The Met Office issues extreme heat warning this weekend and into next week
The Met Office has issued an amber warning for Sunday and a red warning for extreme heat on Monday and Tuesday in parts of England, including Warwickshire, to highlight potential widespread adverse health effects for the public due to extreme heat.
Most of us welcome hot weather, but when it's too hot for too long, there are health risks.
Public Health Warwickshire has issued the following guidance to try and keep people as safe and well as possible:
- Look out for those who may struggle to keep themselves cool and hydrated. Older people, those with underlying conditions and those who live alone are particularly at risk.
- If you live alone, ask a relative or friend to phone to check that you are not having difficulties during periods of extreme heat.
- Stay cool indoors: Close curtains on rooms that face the sun to keep indoor spaces cooler and remember it may be cooler outdoors than indoors.
- If going outdoors, use cool spaces considerately.
- Drink plenty of fluids and avoid excess alcohol.
- Never leave anyone in a closed, parked vehicle, especially infants, young children or animals.
- Try to keep out of the sun between 11am to 3pm, when the UV rays are strongest.
- Walk in the shade, apply sunscreen and wear a wide-brimmed hat, if you have to go out in the heat.
- Avoid physical exertion in the hottest parts of the day.
- Make sure you take water with you, if you are travelling.
- Check the latest weather forecast and temperature warnings
- During warm weather going for a swim can provide much welcomed relief, take care and follow local safety advice, if you are going into open water to cool down.
Find out more about the Met Office’s amber heat warning.