Heatwave alert issued

Published: 16 June 2017

With the weather forecast predicting scorching temperatures over the weekend, Slough’s public health team are offering top tips on keeping cool.

A level 2 heatwave warning has been issued by the Met Office for the whole of Sunday and Monday morning; meaning daytime and night time temperatures will be high.

Though most people can enjoy the warm weather, heatwave conditions can be dangerous for the very young, older people and those with chronic health conditions.

As well as issuing top tips the council’s public health team are advising residents to familiarise themselves with the symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke and seek medical advice from NHS 111 if someone is feeling unwell or showing concerning symptoms.

A list of symptoms and advice on what to do can be found here: http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/Heat-exhaustion-and-heatstroke/Pages/Introduction.aspx

And ten tips for coping in hot weather:

  • Drink cold drinks regularly, such as water and diluted fruit juice. Avoid excess alcohol, caffeine (tea, coffee and cola) or drinks high in sugar.
  • Wear loose, cool clothing, and a hat and sunglasses if you go outdoors.
  • Avoid the heat: stay out of the sun and don't go out between 11am and 3pm (the hottest part of the day) if you're vulnerable to the effects of heat.
  • Shut windows and pull down the shades when it is hotter outside. If it's safe, open them for ventilation when it is cooler.
  • Keep rooms cool by using shades or reflective material outside the windows. If this isn't possible, use light-coloured curtains and keep them closed (metallic blinds and dark curtains can make the room hotter).
  • Have cool baths or showers, and splash yourself with cool water.
  • Listen to alerts on the radio, TV and social media about keeping cool.
  • Plan ahead to make sure you have enough supplies, such as food, water and any medications you need.
  • Identify the coolest room in the house so you know where to go to keep cool.
  • Check up on friends, relatives and neighbours who may be less able to look after themselves

Councillor Sabia Hussain, cabinet member for wellbeing, said: “While many people enjoy hot weather, high temperatures can be dangerous, especially for those particularly vulnerable.

“Along with the tips don’t forget, if you have windows open to keep an eye on young children; no one wants a nasty fall.

“Please make sure you are safe in the sun, follow the advice and look after yourselves and others during the hot weather.”

General advice for coping in the heat is available at http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/Summerhealth/Pages/Heatwave.aspx