A heatwave level 2 warning has been issued from Wednesday 24 June to Friday 26 June 2020
This means that temperatures are likely to rise to levels that increase the risk of ill health among vulnerable adults, particularly older people and those with long-term conditions.
Heatwaves can be dangerous, especially for the very young or very old or those with chronic disease. Advice on how to reduce the risk either for yourself or somebody you know can be obtained from NHS Choices at tips-for-coping-in-hot-weather
, NHS 111 or from your local chemist
- Follow the advice on the PHE resource ‘Coping with heat and COVID-19’ Beat the Heat: Coping with heat and Covid-19 (poster) or Beat the heat: Coping with heat and Covid-19 (leaflet)
- Encourage those who may find it more difficult to cope in hot weather to request help through the volunteer networks, for example, https://www.goodsamapp.org/
- Advise those at risk that they should continue to seek medical help if they are feeling unwell and that plans are in place to deliver services safely despite COVID-19
Coping with hot weather tips
- Shut windows and pull down the shades when it is hotter outside. You can open the windows for ventilation when it is cooler.
- 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.
- 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.
- Drink cold drinks regularly, such as water and diluted fruit juice. Avoid excess alcohol, caffeine (tea, coffee and cola) or drinks high in sugar.
- Listen to alerts on the radio, TV and social media about keeping cool.
- Plan 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.
- Wear loose, cool clothing, and a hat and sunglasses if you go outdoors.
- Check up on friends, relatives and neighbours who may be less able to look after themselves.
- If you’re worried about yourself or a vulnerable neighbour, friend or relative, you can contact the local environmental health office at your local authority.
- Remember that people with asthma, heart disease and/or other additional chronic conditions are additionally health sensitive to ozone and/or heat.
More detailed information for groups is available to download here: Berkshire Heatwave and Summer preparedness during Covid-19.