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Temperatures set to soar by the end of the week in the West Midlands

Published Wednesday, 26 June 2019

Coventry residents are being urged to look out for those vulnerable to heat exposure and make efforts to stay cool, as the Met Office issues new heatwave alerts for the end of the week.

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With most of us welcoming the warm and sunny weather, soaring temperatures and extreme heat can cause health risks for many. The very elderly, those with serious illness and existing medical conditions, and the very young are potentially at risk during a heatwave.

Forecast temperatures are expected to peak between Thursday and Saturday this week (27th -  29th June). It is predicted temperatures could rise to 28C by Saturday with dehydration, heat exhaustion and heatstroke among the main risks to health.

Health and social care partners across Coventry and Warwickshire have come together to offer some simple advice on how to enjoy the hot weather responsibly.

Coventry City Councillor Kamran Caan, Portfolio Holder for Public Health and Sport, said: “It is very important to understand the health risks related to temperatures rising during the summer months.

Exposure in these excessive temperatures can bring on heat-related illnesses, so it is important to try and prevent these by protecting yourself through necessary measures.

Being a good neighbour and checking in on relatives and friends who may be vulnerable to the heat can help us all stay healthy in the sun.”

Councillor Les Caborn, portfolio holder for Adult social care and health at Warwickshire County Council said: “During hot spells vulnerable groups, such as the elderly, feel the severe effects of heat more than others and it’s long been recognised that death rates rise in heat waves”.

“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:

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

For more information on how to enjoy the sun safely, visit Cancer Research’s SunSmart website

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