Public urged to stay safe and avoid risks with warmer weather this week

A yellow heat health alert has been issued for the North West, as warmer air is now in place, with a gradual day on day increase in temperatures, with forecasters are expecting temperatures to reach the mid-20s, until cooler air arrives on Thursday.

Children, older people and other vulnerable groups can be particularly at risk in higher temperatures, while people with long-term health conditions, such as respiratory and heart conditions, may find that symptoms are exacerbated.

If you are planning on going outside, remember to apply high-factor sunblock and seek shade wherever possible. It is also important to remember to drink plenty of fluids and avoid drinking excess alcohol.

Allergy-sufferers are also reminded to make sure they have their medication with them.

Heat-related ailments, including severe sunburn, heat exhaustion and sun and heat stroke can be extremely serious and often require medical attention. People are therefore urged to plan ahead when venturing outdoors by carrying plenty of water and enough sunblock.

It is also important to avoid leaving children or vulnerable people exposed to high temperatures or strong sunlight for prolonged periods of time, whether that is outside or inside a car – and be mindful that shaded areas often disappear as the day progresses.

Whether you are going to be outside or you’re staying at home, there are precautions you can take:

  • If it’s cooler inside than out, shut and shade your windows.
  • If it’s hotter inside than out, open windows for ventilation and try to get air flowing around the home.
  • If you’re vulnerable to the effects of heat or you have a pre-existing medical condition, try not to go out in direct sunlight between the hours of 11am – 3pm.  However, be aware the maximum temperature on a hot summer day almost always occurs after 3pm, typically between 4pm and 5pm.
  • Drink cold drinks such as water or fruit juice regularly to stay hydrated, but try to avoid tea, coffee and alcohol.
  • If you’re going outside, stay in the shade, wear a hat, cool, covering clothes and apply sunscreen.
  • If you are travelling by car, take regular breaks allowing both the driver and passengers chance to move about and get some fresh air.
  • If anyone remains in the car, make sure it is not for a prolonged period and ensure they have access to ventilation and fluids.
  • Do not leave children or vulnerable people unattended in a hot car.
  • Do not leave pets unattended in a hot car.

For more information on how to cope in hot weather visit: www.nhs.uk/live-well/seasonal-health/heatwave-how-to-cope-in-hot-weather


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