01 Jul 2015
Much of England may experience “heatwave” conditions from Tuesday this week – advice about staying safe in the heat.
The Met Office has forecast a 90% probability of heatwave conditions across most of England between 7am on Wednesday and 9am on Thursday, and has declared a Level 3 Heat-health alert.
This means that temperatures are high enough to have a significant effect on health – afternoon temperatures in London will reach the mid 30s Celsius.
As well as the very young, the elderly and the seriously ill, people with mental health problems are also at risk when the weather is very hot.
Advice for keeping safe in the heat:
- try to keep out of the sun between 11am to 3pm
- apply sunscreen of at least SPF15 with UVA protection
- wear UV sunglasses, preferably wraparound, to reduce UV exposure to the eyes
- wear light, loose-fitting cotton clothes, a hat and light scarf
- drink lots of cool drinks
- look out for others especially vulnerable groups such as older people, young children and babies and those with serious illnesses
- never leave anyone in a closed, parked vehicle, especially infants, young children or animals
See the NHS Choices Heatwave page for more information
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