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Heatwave advice for city residents

Published Friday, 16 June 2017

With temperatures set to soar over the next few days and the Met Office predicting ‘heat wave conditions,’ people are being urged to look out for the vulnerable.

Although welcomed by most, hot weather can cause a real danger to health – particularly to the very elderly and the seriously ill. People with existing medical conditions and the very young are also potentially at risk during a warm spell.

The Met Office raised the heat wave warning to level two predicting a 60 per cent chance of temperatures being high enough to have a significant effect on health. These temperatures are likely to be reached between Sunday and Tuesday, with highest temperatures seen on Monday.

The news has led to health and social care partners across Coventry and Warwickshire to come together to give some simple advice on how to enjoy the hot weather responsibly.

Nadia Inglis, Consultant in Public Health, said: “During hot spells vulnerable groups, such as the older people, feel the severe effects of heat more than others.”

She added: “The best advice is to relax, stay cool, drink lots of cold fluids and if you can, keep an eye on those you know to be at risk.” Partners in Coventry and Warwickshire have issued the following advice to try and keep people healthy in the sun and heat:

  1. Try to keep out of the sun between 11am to 3pm;
  2. Wear UV sunglasses, preferably wraparound, to reduce UV exposure to the eyes;
  3. Walk in the shade;
  4. Apply sunscreen of at least SPF15 with UVA protection;
  5. Wear a hat and light scarf;
  6. Wear light, loose-fitting cotton clothes;
  7. Drink lots of cool drinks;
  8. Look out for others especially vulnerable groups such as the older people, young children and babies and those with serious illnesses; and
  9. Never leave anyone in a closed, parked vehicle, especially infants, young children or animals.

Further details from the NHS.

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