Sunday 16 June 2024
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Heat health alert issued by UKHSA ahead of heatwave conditions

A Level 2 health-alert in 3 regions of the country has today been issued by the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA), with the Met Office forecasting high temperatures throughout next week.

The alert is in place from 9am on Monday 11 July until 9am on Friday 15 July, and covers the East of England, South East and London regions.

Dr Agostinho Sousa, Head of Extreme Events and Health Protection at UKHSA, said:

“We want everyone to enjoy the hot weather when it arrives, but also to check in on their vulnerable family, friends and neighbours to make sure they are prepared for the warm conditions ahead.

“High temperatures are predicted for a prolonged period, so make sure to follow our simple health advice to beat the heat, such as covering windows exposed to direct sunlight and making sure that fridges, freezers and fans are working properly.”

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David Oliver, Deputy Chief Meteorologist at the Met Office, said:

“We’re at the start of a stretch of warm weather for much of England and Wales, that could last for much of next week.

“In the short term, many can expect temperatures in the mid to high 20s Celsius over the weekend and then in the low 30s Celsius during the start of next week. Much of next week will remain warm for the time of year, as well as dry and sunny.”

To prepare for the warm weather ahead, you can:

  • shade or cover windows exposed to direct sunlight – external shutters or shades are very effective, internal blinds or curtains are less effective but cheaper and easier to install
  • check that windows or vents can be opened
  • if applicable, check mechanical ventilations systems are switched on and operating in summer mode
  • check that fridges, freezers and fans are working properly
  • check medicines can be stored according to the instructions on the packaging

More information on the common signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heatstroke are available on NHS.UK.

Read our COVID-19 and summer temperatures blog for advice on how to stay well in hot weather.

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