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Level 3 heatwave alert

The Met Office has issued a Level 3 Heatwave Alert for the period 0900 on Monday and 0900 on Thursday in parts of England: temperatures are expected to over 30 degrees Celsius during the day and 16 degrees at night over the next few days.

Keeping cool in hot weather is very important for health for everyone and especially older people, people with disabilities or long term illness and young children. If sensible precautions are taken, people are less likely to be adversely affected by hot conditions.

Please help us keep the vulnerable people you work with safe by sharing the following advice:

  • Drink lots of cool drinks (like water and diluted fruit juice) to stay hydrated - avoid excess alcohol, caffeine (tea, coffee and cola) and drinks high in sugar
  • Wear light, loose fitting cotton clothing
  • Stick to your coolest rooms. Turn off non-essential lights and electrical items
  • Keep windows and curtains closed during the day - open windows for ventilation later once it has cooled down
  • Take cool baths or showers and splash yourself with cool water
  • When you go out wear a hat and UV sunglasses. Always protect exposed skin with sunscreen (min SPF 15 and UVA protection). Stay out of the sun during the hottest part of the day (11am – 3pm) - if you must go out walk in the shade and take plenty of water with you. See www.sunsmart.org.uk for more advice
  • Avoid extreme physical exertion – especially during the hottest part of the day
  • Don’t leave children or animals alone in stationary cars

Heat stress, heat exhaustion and heat stroke

Please make sure you are aware of the signs and symptoms of heat related illness and what you can do to help yourself and others. If you are concerned about anyone, please call NHS 111 for advice. 

For more heatwave advice see the Public Health England factsheet “Beat the heat: staying safe in hot weather

For more summer health advice visit NHS Choices

If you need medical help and are unsure what to do, call NHS 111 for help and advice. They are available 24 hours a day.