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16 Jun 2022

Level 2 heat-health alert issued by UK Health Security Agency South West

The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) South West has issued a level 2 heat-health alert as the Met Office forecasts high temperatures for the coming days.

This is the first  heat-health alert of the year, with high temperatures expected across the south west and other parts of the country.

The alert, which comes into place at midnight on Thursday 16 June until midnight on Saturday 18 June.

With these high temperatures forecast for the next couple of days, UKHSA South West is taking the chance to remind people to look after themselves and others who may be at risk.

Dominic Mellon, Deputy Director at UK Health Security Agency South West, said:

“Much of the advice on beating the heat is common sense and we want everyone to enjoy the hot weather safely and be aware of good health advice for coping with warmer conditions as sunny spells can pose health risks for some people.

“During periods of hot weather, it is especially important to keep checking on those who are most vulnerable, such as older people and those with heart or lung conditions. Make sure to look out for signs of heat exhaustion such as feeling dizzy or weak with an intense thirst and a headache, and move to a cool place as soon as possible and follow our advice to beat the heat.”

The top ways for staying safe when the heat arrives are to:

  • look out for those who may struggle to keep themselves cool and hydrated – older people, those with underlying conditions and those who live alone are particularly at risk
  • stay cool indoors by closing curtains on rooms that face the sun – and remember that it may be cooler outdoors than indoors
  • drink plenty of fluids and avoid excess alcohol
  • never leave anyone in a closed, parked vehicle, especially infants, young children or animals
  • try to keep out of the sun between 11am to 3pm, when the UV rays are strongest
  • walk in the shade, apply sunscreen and wear a wide-brimmed hat, if you have to go out in the heat
  • avoid physical exertion in the hottest parts of the day
  • make sure you take water with you if you are travelling
  • take care and make sure to follow local safety adviceif you are going into the water to cool down

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.

Previous heat-health alerts were published by Public Health England.

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Issued by UKHSA South West Press Office, 2 Rivergate, Temple Quay, Bristol, BS1 6EH. For further information, please contact 0207 811 7079.

 

Contact Information

Pamela Shabi
Comms Officer
Public Health England
Pamela.Shabi@phe.gov.uk

Notes to editors

Notes to editors

Dan Rudman, Deputy Chief Meteorologist at the Met Office, said:

“Temperatures will continue to rise as we go through the week, becoming well above-average by Friday, when many parts of the southern half of the UK are likely to exceed 30°C or even reach 34°C in some places.

“This is the first spell of hot weather this year and it is unusual for temperature to exceed these values in June. Many areas will also see some warm nights with minimum temperatures expected to be in the high teens or even low 20s for some overnight.”

The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) is responsible for planning, preventing and responding to external health threats, and providing intellectual, scientific and operational leadership at national and local level, as well as on the global stage.

UKHSA will ensure the nation can respond quickly and at greater scale to deal with pandemics and future threats.

UKHSA is an executive agency, sponsored by the Department of Health and Social Care.

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