Hot weather is here – think how it will affect you

Release Date: 16 June 2017

Richmond Council is urging people to take extra care in this spell of warm weather as the Met Office has confirmed that Hot Weather Alerts have been triggered across the Capital.

 

The Met Office has confirmed that threshold temperatures, which are high enough to have a significant effect on health, have now been reached. Level two heatwave alerts have been issued for the borough, and temperatures are expected to rise this weekend.

People should now be aware of the actions they should take to protect themselves from the possible health effects of hot weather, and social and healthcare services are advised to take specific actions that target high-risk groups.

Following this latest alert, Public Health England (PHE) is continuing to remind people to be aware of the health risks of hot weather.

Top advice for being sun safe:

  • Try to keep out of the sun between 11am and 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 wide brimmed hat and light, loose-fitting cotton clothes. This should minimise the risk of sunburn.
  • Drink lots of cool drinks and when travelling ensure you take water with you
  • Avoid alcohol and caffeinated drinks
  • Look out for others especially vulnerable groups such as older people, young children and babies and those with serious illnesses
  • Never leave anyone in a closed, parked vehicle, especially older people, infants, young children or animals
  • If medicines are sensitive to temperature it may be worth keeping them in the fridge
  • Children should not take part in vigorous physical activity on very hot days, such as when temperatures are above 30°C

Cllr David Marlow, Richmond Council Cabinet Member for Health, said:

“In this continued hot weather, it’s important to remember that high temperatures can be dangerous, especially for people who may be vulnerable such as older people, young children and those with serious illnesses.

“While hot weather is enjoyable for most people and uncomfortable for some, sadly experience tells us that exposure to excessive heat can kill. The key message for healthy individuals is to follow public health messages on how to enjoy the sun safely by staying cool, drinking lots of cold fluids and checking on those you know are at risk.”

Read more about how to enjoy the sun safely

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Reference: 266/17

Updated: 30 June 2017