Heat-health alert issued by Public Health England

16 Jul 2021 11:00 AM

Public Health England (PHE) yesterday issued a heat-health alert as the Met Office forecasts high temperatures for the coming weekend.

Much of England is forecast to experience very warm weather from Saturday night through to Tuesday morning.

Dr Owen Landeg, Scientific and Technical Lead at PHE, yesterday said:

Much of the advice on beating the heat is common sense and for many people spells of warmer weather are something they very much enjoy. However, for some people, such as older people, those with underlying health conditions and young children, the summer heat can bring real health risks. That’s why we’re urging everyone to keep an eye on those you know who may be at risk.

If you’re able, ask if your friends, family or neighbours need any support. Also take water with you when travelling and keep up to date with weather forecasts.

It’s also worth remembering the practical steps to keep homes cool during the day as this can aid sleeping at night and give the body time to recover from the heat.

Will Lang, Head of Civil Contingencies at the Met Office, yesterday said:

Across most parts of the UK we’re expecting to see temperatures building, reaching heatwave thresholds across the majority of England over the weekend. High temperatures will remain a feature of the forecast until Tuesday, when fresher conditions arrive curtailing heatwave levels.

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