For the first time temperatures of 40°C have been forecast in the UK and the Met Office has issued the first ever Red warning for exceptional heat.

Exceptional heat is expected to affect a large part of England from Sunday 17 July to Tuesday 19 July, with temperatures likely in the high 30s C in some places and perhaps even reaching 40°C.

The heat health alert for Essex has been ramped up, leading to advice for vulnerable residents such as the elderly, the very young, and people with chronic or severe illness who could be at extra risk.

Health experts are appealing to people to check on friends, relatives and neighbours who may be less able to look after themselves. Advice includes keeping cool, staying hydrated and being prepared – for example, staying out of the sun during the hottest part of the day, drinking cold drinks regularly, such as water and avoiding tea, coffee and alcohol.

People are also urged to make plans for important supplies, such as medicines, to minimise the need to travel during the heat of the day.

“In extreme heat, it is vital that people think carefully about what they need to do to protect themselves, their family and particularly vulnerable people”
Dr Pro Mallik

“For some, such as older people, those with underlying health conditions and those with young children, the summer heat can bring real health risks. So, if you can, take the opportunity to check in on those family members, friends and neighbours who might need extra assistance.”
Dr Chris Olukanni

Advice for what to do during spells of hot weather includes:

  • look out for others, especially older people, young children and babies and those with underlying health conditions
  • drink plenty of fluids and avoid excess alcohol
  • never leave anyone in a closed, parked vehicle, especially infants, young children or animals
  • try to keep out of the sun between 11am to 3pm. Walk in the shade, apply sunscreen and wear a hat if you have to go out in the heat. Avoid physical exertion in the hottest parts of the day
  • close curtains on rooms that face the sun to keep indoor spaces cooler and remember it may be cooler outdoors than indoors
  • take care and follow local safety advice if you are going into the water to cool down
  • wear light, loose fitting cotton clothes
  • if you are travelling, make sure you take water with you, check weather forecasts and traffic news
  • plan ahead to make sure you have enough supplies, such as water, food and any medications you need
  • people are urged not to go to A&E or call 999 unless it’s an emergency. If you are in any doubt, NHS111 can help you get the right treatment.

Please click on the link below for additional information on how to cope in hot weather –

Heatwave: How To Cope In Hot Weather