PHE is urging people to take extra care in this spell of warm weather as the Met Office has confirmed that Hot Weather Alerts have been triggered in Southwest England.
The Met Office has confirmed that threshold temperatures, which are high enough to have a significant effect on health, have now been reached. Level 3 heatwave alerts have been issued for the majority of England.
People should now be aware of the actions they should take to protect themselves from the possible health effects of hot weather, and social and healthcare services are advised to take specific actions that target high-risk groups.
Following this latest alert, Public Health England (PHE) is continuing to remind people to be aware of the health risks of hot weather.
Top advice for being sun safe:
- Try to keep out of the sun between 11am to 3pm
- Wear UV sunglasses, preferably wraparound, to reduce UV exposure to the eyes, walk in the shade, apply sunscreen of at least SPF15 with UVA protection, wear a wide brimmed hat and light, loose-fitting cotton clothes. This should minimise the risk of sunburn.
- Drink lots of cool drinks and when travelling ensure you take water with you
- 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 older people, infants, young children or animals
- If medicines are sensitive to temperature it may be worth keeping them in the fridge
- Children should not take part in vigorous physical activity on very hot days, such as when temperatures are above 30°C
Remember that it can get uncomfortably hot indoors too. Try to keep your bedroom and living space cool by closing the curtains on windows that face the sun and opening your windows at cooler times of the day and overnight when safe to do so. Turn off non-essential lights and electrical items as these generate heat.
More information at NHS Choices