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Heatwave advice from public health following updated Met Office 'red extreme heat warning'
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Thu, 14 Jul 2022
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As we are all well aware, most of the country is experiencing high temperatures which are set to continue for the early part of this week. On Friday 15 July, the Met Office issued an updated red extreme heat warning for parts of England for Monday 18 July and Tuesday 19 July. Please be aware that this red warning does cover parts of the East Riding, particularly more inland areas (see Met Office UK Weather Warnings map below). 

Weather warning

The Met Office initially issued an amber weather warning for most of England and parts of Wales, with exceptionally high temperatures from Sunday 17 July. Weather conditions are set to last into the first half of the week, with the Met Office warning extended until Tuesday 19 July.  

Following an updated UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) Level 4 Heat-Health Alert for England, public health is encouraging all staff to be aware of the heat warning and to make sure that provisions are in place, particularly for those that work outside, to have access to shade at regular intervals; to drink water regularly to prevent dehydration; to wear a sun hat and apply a high SPF sun cream before heading outside and to reapply throughout the day.  

For those that live or work with the vulnerable, elderly or young children, public health advises limiting time spent outside in direct sunlight, particularly between the peak hours of 11am and 3pm when UV rays are strongest. Staff are recommended to identify cool areas in settings, adapt meals, encourage the intake of extra fluids, as well as the wearing of light, loose-fitting clothing and to keep curtains or blinds shut while outside temperatures are higher than inside. It is also important to monitor individuals regularly, including their temperature, and to be aware of signs of heat exhaustion, such as headache, unusual tiredness or disorientation. At home, check in on those who may struggle to keep themselves cool and hydrated, especially if they live alone. 

For further advice on signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion, please see the NHS website: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/heat-exhaustion-heatstroke/ 

If you are travelling, make sure you have plenty of water with you and avoid journeys during the peak hours, it is also sensible to avoid physical exertion during the hottest times of the day. 

Make sure you check the latest weather forecast and temperature warnings - you can find these on TV, radio, or you can use the Met Office mobile app or website

Here are some handy hints from UKHSA:

UKHSA Beat the heat

 

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