Issued: July 2019
The Met Office has issued a level 3 health watch alert which means that heatwave conditions are expected until Friday 26 July.
Hot weather can be particularly dangerous for the very young, elderly and those with health problems. The NHS advises that residents should keep cool, avoid being outside during the hottest part of the day (11am - 3pm) and drink plenty of fluids. Spelthorne's Meals on Wheels clients are being given free bottles of water to ensure they stay well hydrated.
Cllr Maureen Attewell, Cabinet Member for Community Wellbeing, said: "This week is going to unusually hot so please follow the advice about keeping cool and drinking plenty of fluids. We also ask residents to check on vulnerable friends, relatives and neighbours who may struggle to look after themselves."
Ten tips for coping in hot weather:-
- Shut windows and pull down the shades when it's hotter outside. You can open the windows for ventilation when it's cooler.
- Avoid the heat: stay out of the sun and do not go out between 11am and 3pm (the hottest part of the day) if you're vulnerable to the effects of heat.
- Keep rooms cool by using shades or reflective material outside the windows. If this is not possible, use light-coloured curtains and keep them closed (metallic blinds and dark curtains can make the room hotter).
- Have cool baths or showers, and splash yourself with cool water.
- Drink plenty of fluids and avoid excess alcohol. Water, lower fat milks and tea and coffee are good options. You can also drink fruit juice, smoothies and soft drinks, but they can be high in sugar. Limit fruit juice or smoothies to a combined total of 150ml a day, and choose diet or sugar-free soft drinks.
- Listen to alerts on the radio, TV and social media about keeping cool.
- Plan ahead to make sure you have enough supplies, such as food, water and any medicines you need.
- Identify the coolest room in the house so you know where to go to keep cool.
- Wear loose, cool clothing, and a hat and sunglasses if you go outdoors.
- Check up on friends, relatives and neighbours who may be less able to look after themselves.
For more advice about coping with hot weather, visit the NHS website.