The Met Office has declared a rare Level 3 warning for heat this week, with temperatures expected to peak this Wednesday. A Level 3 warning is issued when there is a 90% or greater chance of heat significant enough to affect health for a period of at least two days. Vulnerable groups are at risk and need to take extra precautions.
Who is at risk?
- The older population, especially over-75s
- Babies and infants, and pregnant women
- Those with chronic illnesses, including heart and respiratory conditions, kidney disease, diabetes, and those with poor mobility such as people with Parkinson’s disease
What steps should you take?
- Stay out of the sun, especially between 11am and 3pm
- Wear loose clothing, and a sunhat and sunscreen if outdoors
- Keep drinking! Always have a cold drink to hand
- Keep your rooms cool by drawing curtains and blinds, and have windows open if possible
- If you feel uncomfortably warm, take a cool bath or shower, or dip your feet in a bowl of cool water
- If you need to travel on public transport, try to avoid the busiest times of day
- Never leave animals or vulnerable people in a parked car, no matter how short the time
- If you take medicines, remember to keep them cool – in the fridge if necessary
- Check on vulnerable neighbours
Summer’s arrived! Enjoy it safely.