Brits Issued Heatwave Health Threat As Scorching Temperatures Set To Soar Imminently
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On Friday (8 July), the Met Office sent out an urgent health warning as forecasts suggested some parts of the UK could reach 33C.
The hot weather started this week, sparking a Level 2 Health Alert. However, this has since been upgraded to Level 3 as the heatwave is expected to continue throughout next week.
David Oliver, deputy chief meteorologist at the Met Office, said: “The warm weather over much of England and Wales could last for much of next week.
Daytime temperatures are on the rise over the next few days, reaching the low 30s Celsius across parts of England and Wales early next week 📈 pic.twitter.com/W8Zg2umD6A— Met Office (@metoffice) July 8, 2022
“In the short term, many can expect temperatures in the mid to high 20C over the weekend, and then in the low 30C during the start of next week.
“Much of next week will remain warm for the time of year as well as dry and sunny for many areas.”
While this is great news for the sun lovers out there, it’s important to ensure everyone stays safe out there.
Dr Agostinho Sousa, Head of Extreme Events and Health Protection at UKHSA, said: “We want everyone to enjoy the hot weather when it arrives, but also to check in on their vulnerable family, friends and neighbours to make sure they are prepared for the warm conditions ahead.
“High temperatures are predicted for a prolonged period, so make sure to follow our simple health advice to beat the heat.”
This includes actions such as covering windows exposed to direct sunlight and making sure that fridges, freezers and fans are working properly.
The NHS also reminds people to stay hydrated, make use of cooler spaces when out and about and avoid exercising in the hottest parts of the day.
And if you’re planning on hitting any of the UK’s beaches over the next week, Sam Hughes, National Water Safety Partner at the RNLI, suggests: “It is great to hear that the sun is on its way but we want to remind everyone to stay safe at the coast.
“If you are planning on going to the beach we would encourage you to visit a lifeguarded beach and swim between the red and yellow flags.
“If you get into trouble in the water, Float to Live: lean back, use your arms and legs to stay afloat.
“Control your breathing, then call for help or swim to safety. In a coastal emergency, call 999 or 112 for the Coastguard.”