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Extreme heat warning

The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) and Met Office have issued a Level 3 Heat Health Alert throughout this week 9 August to 14 August.

Please be mindful of your own health and keep a look out for all those who may be more at risk of health issues in hot weather.

How to keep cool and hydrated

Check on others:

  • Check on older people or sick neighbours, family or friends every day during hot weather

Stay hydrated:

  • Drink plenty of fluids and avoid excess alcohol. Try to keep out of the sun between 11am-3pm when UV radiation is strongest

Physical activity:

  • Avoid extreme physical exertion. If you can’t avoid strenuous outdoor activity, such as sport, DIY or gardening, keep it for cooler parts of the day

Keeping the home cool:

  • Keep your living space cool. Shade or cover windows exposed to direct sunlight and keep windows that are exposed to the sun closed during the day. Turn off non-essential lights and electrical equipment. During the hottest periods find the coolest part of your home or garden/outside.

On car journeys:

  • Ensure babies, children, older people and pets are not left alone in parked cars, which can quickly overheat
  • Make sure you take water with you if travelling, in the event of delays or traffic congestion

Look out for the signs of heat-related harm:

  • If you feel dizzy, weak or have intense thirst and a headache, move to a cool place asap. Drink water or diluted fruit juice to rehydrate. Avoid excess alcohol
  • Call 111 if you feel unusual symptoms, or if symptoms persist. Call 999 if a person develops any signs of heatstroke as this is a medical emergency

Enjoy the water safely:

  • Take care and follow local safety advice if you are going into the water to cool down. Alcohol is a major factor in accidental drownings
  • Avoid swimming in reservoirs or harbours – there are hidden dangers and strong under-currents

Risk of wildfires

  • The risk of wildfires is high – please take care of the countryside by avoiding BBQs and fires and clearing up litter

Calling emergency services

  • Only call 999 in an emergency, as demand on blue light services increases during periods of extreme weather

Our Public Health colleagues have produced a special newsletter about how to stay safe during the heatwave.

The UKHSA also has a blog for advice on staying safe in extreme heat.

You can keep up to date with the latest information on the Met Office weather warning and the Heat Health Alert webpages.

Other useful links

For other useful information concerning health and travel, visit: