Heat health warning for London

Wed, 24/08/2016

Heatwave temperatures have been forecast between 9am on Wednesday 24 August and 9amon Thursday 25 August in London. The Met Office has declared a Level 3 heat-health alert this morning, which means that there is a 90% probability of heatwave conditions, with high daytime temperatures along with elevated overnight temperatures. 

These temperatures can have a significant effect on people’s health, especially vulnerable people including older people, babies and young children and people with serious chronic conditions.

Advice: stay safe in the heat with these top tips from Public Health England:

  • look out for others, especially older people, young children and babies and those with underlying health conditions
  • drink plenty of water - sugary, alcoholic and caffeinated drinks can make you more dehydrated
  • close curtains on rooms that face the sun to keep indoor spaces cooler and remember it may be cooler outdoors than indoors
  • open windows when it feels cooler outside and it’s safe to do so
  • never leave anyone in a closed, parked vehicle, especially infants, young children or animals
  • try to keep out of the sun between 11am to 3pm
  • if you have to go out in the heat, walk in the shade, apply sunscreen and wear a hat
  • avoid physical exertion in the hottest parts of the day
  • wear light, loose fitting cotton clothes

For further guidance, visit NHS Choices 

Last updated: 25 August 2016
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