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Heatwave and hot weather

The Met Office is forecasting that the hot weather will continue throughout this week.

When temperatures rise to high levels (or become uncomfortable for you) it is good to be prepared for what to do and what precautions you should start to take. Even if temperatures do not hit extreme levels, Public Health England (PHE) still advises you to keep safe in the sun, seek shade to cool down and keep hydrated with plenty of cool fluids.

The top ways for staying safe when the heat arrives are to:

  • 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
  • walk in the shade, apply sunscreen and wear a hat, if you have to go out in the heat
  • avoid physical exertion in the hottest parts of the day

Updates and alerts

In the event of severe weather please refer to the live updates on the Environment Agency and Met Office websites.
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Met Office Chief Meteorologist Andy Page said: "Although fine, sunny weather is welcomed by most, the clear skies mean that UV levels will be high over the coming days and so people should take care when outside enjoying the warm weather, especially between 11am and 3pm. Pollen levels are also high or very high across England and Wales with lower levels in Scotland and Northern Ireland."


Additional information

Met Office heat health watch, warnings and advice

NHS advice on keeping safe in a heat wave

NHS advice on heat exhaustion and heatstroke

Government advice on driving in hot weather