With temperatures set to soar, a level 2 health alert has been issued by the Met Office. The alert is triggered when there is a high chance that temperatures will reach between 82F (28C) and 89F (32C) over two consecutive days and not dip below 59F (15C) at night.
The alert was issued earlier this week with the heatwave period expected to begin this evening. Temperatures are forecast to climb above 86F (30C) on Friday with fresher weather coming in from Saturday.
Public Health England (PHE) is warning people to turn off non-essential lights and electrical items; open windows during the night and to drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration.
Older people’s bodies in particular are often unable to adjust to sudden changes in temperature, which makes them more susceptible to heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Doctors have warned that hot nights are particularly dangerous for the elderly as it is more difficult for their bodies to recover.
A few helpful tips to assist:
- Avoid the hottest times of the day.
- Keep hydrated – even if you’re not thirsty it’s important to drink plenty of water or fruit juice to replace fluids lost during sweating. Avoid caffeine or alcohol which increase dehydration.
- Think lightweight – choose clothing which is loose and cool down – take cool showers and baths when possible. If you’re out and about, use a cotton hankie soaked in cool water and place it on the back of your neck and on your wrists.
- Cover up – in addition to wearing cooler clothing it’s also important to remember a hat. No
- Pick the perfect spot – seek out the coolest areas of your home during warmer weather. If safe, leave windows open during the night.