Northamptonshire included in first ever heat-health alert issued by Government and Met Office as temperatures set to rise
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The first ever heat-health warning has been issued – and Northamptonshire is included.
It warns that if current forecast temperatures are reached, it is likely that there could be “some impacts across the health and social care sector”.
Although temperatures are predicted to reach 25C in Northamptonshire, elsewhere in the country could see highs of 30C.
Dr Agostinho Sousa, head of extreme events and health protection at UKHSA, said: “In the coming days we are likely to experience our first sustained period of hot weather of the year so far, so it’s important that everyone ensures they keep hydrated and cool while enjoying the sun.
“Forecasted temperatures this week will primarily impact those over the age of 65 or those with pre-existing health conditions such as respiratory and cardiovascular diseases.
“If you have friends, family or neighbours who you know are more vulnerable to the effects of hot weather, it is important you check in on them and ensure they are aware of the forecasts and are following the necessary advice.”
How to keep yourself and others safe during hot weather, according to the agencies
- Check on family and friends if they are at higher risk
- Know the symptoms of heat exhaustion and heatstroke
- Keep out of the sun between 11am and 3pm
- Plan physical exercise at cooler times of the day
- Keep your home cool by closing windows and curtains in rooms that face the sun
- Cover up if you’re outside, seek shade and apply sun cream
- Drink plenty of fluids and limit alcohol consumption
What is the new heat-health system?
The warning comes days after the two authorities joined forces to create a new heat-health alerting (HHA) service.
The new system will focus more specifically on the health impacts that high temperatures could have on the health of the population.
During the core ‘alerting’ season – June 1 to September 30 – the UKHSA and Met Office will monitor the weather forecasts, and if a hot spell is on the horizon, a joint risk assessment will be carried out and an alert issued.