The Met Office have issued a level 3 heat health watch alert, which means there is a 90 per cent probability of heatwave conditions in London
Published: Monday, 23rd July 2018
The Met Office have issued a level 3 heat health watch alert, which means there is a 90 per cent probability of heatwave conditions in London, with temperatures high enough to have a significant effect on health – particularly for the elderly or very young.
Temperatures are expected to rise further this week to potentially make it the hottest period of this summer so far.
During a heatwave there are a few groups of people who are at higher risk of suffering from severe health effects, these include babies and very young children, older people, people with pre-existing medical condition or those who are homeless. Some housing may also affect people’s ability to keep cool, such as living near the top of high rise flats.
Hounslow Council is encouraging residents to check up on their neighbours, keep an eye on children and keep themselves cool as dry and sunny weather will lead to temperatures gradually increasing.
Cllr Candice Atterton, Cabinet Member for Adults, Social Care and Health, Hounslow Council said:
“Summer can be a wonderful season, with lots of time spent outside enjoying the sunshine and warm weather.
“With high temperatures expected throughout the rest of July, our staff will be checking up on many vulnerable residents in our community and we also ask residents to check on their elderly or vulnerable neighbours.
“If you’re out and about in the sun, keep safe by staying out of the heat at the hottest time of the day, and please ensure you are staying hydrated and carry water with you when travelling, think what you can do stay cool.”
Top tips for staying safe in the hot weather:
- Keep out of the sun between 11am and 3pm
- Avoid extreme physical exertion
- When travelling ensure you take water with you
- Look out for others: Keep an eye on isolated, older people, ill or very young people and make sure they are able to keep cool
- Children should not take part in vigorous physical activity on very hot days, such as when temperatures are above 30°C
- Ensure that babies, children or older people are not left alone in stationary cars
- Keep your environment cool
- Shade or cover windows exposed to direct sunlight and keep windows that are exposed to the sun closed during the day
- Open windows at night if it feels cooler outside, although be aware of security issues - especially in ground floor rooms
- Turn off non-essential lights and electrical equipment – they generate heat
- Electric fans may provide some relief if temperatures are below 35°C
- Seek medical advice if you are suffering from a long-term medical condition or taking multiple medications and have unusual symptoms
- If you or others feel unwell, seek medical advice
- If you have to go out in the heat, wear UV sunglasses, preferably wraparound, to reduce UV exposure to the eyes
For more information and advice, see: Beat The Heat resources: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/heatwave-plan-for-england
NHS Choices webpage on heatwaves has lots of useful information https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/healthy-body/heatwave-how-to-cope-in-hot-weather/#risk
The Met Office website has up to date weather forecasts www.metoffice.gov.uk