Heat-health advice issued

With temperatures rising to forecasted record levels, UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) and the Met Office is reminding people to take precautions to stay safe through the hot weather.

The hottest temperatures are expected on Monday and Tuesday, with highs of 40°C possible.

The government has issued some top tips for staying safe in hot weather. This includes:

The government’s Level 4 alert indicates that a severe heatwave could have impacts beyond health and social care with potential effects on transport systems, food, water, energy supplies and businesses.

The UKHSA will continue to monitor any heat-related illness and work closely with the Met Office, the NHS and other government departments to assess the impacts of this hot weather.

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

Temperatures in England are likely to reach record levels, and it’s important we all know how to stay well in hot weather. Check up on vulnerable friends, family and neighbours to make sure they stay hydrated, keep cool and know how to keep their homes cool.

Professor Penny Endersby, Chief Executive at the Met Office, said:

This is the first time we have issued a Red National Severe Weather Warning for extreme heat and the first time 40°C has been forecast in the UK. In this country we’re used to treating a hot spell as a chance to go and play in in the sun. This is not that sort of weather.

We have seen when climate change has driven such unprecedent severe weather events around the world that it can be difficult for to make the best decisions because nothing in our life experiences has led us to know what to expect.

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

UKHSA’s ‘beat the heat’ checklist identifies suitable actions people can take to protect themselves during periods of hot weather.

Read the UKHSA blog on ‘staying safe in extreme heat blog’ for advice on how to stay well in hot weather.

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