THE MET Office has issued its first ever amber weather warning for ‘extreme heat’ across Worcestershire.
Experts predict temperatures will continue to soar this week with temperatures in excess of 30c until at least Thursday (July 22).
They warn it could lead to adverse health effects being experienced, particularly to the vulnerable, including children and older people.
The wider population are at risk of sunburn and heat exhaustion – such as dehydration, nausea, fatigue and other heat-related illnesses.
Some changes in working practices and daily routines are likely to be needed and there is an increased chance systems and equipment – if sensitive to heat – could fail, leading to potential power cuts and loss of other services to homes and businesses.
Delays to road, rail and air travel are possible with potential for welfare issues for those who experience prolonged delays.
General key tips for staying safe in the sun:
· Use sun cream – apply before you go out into the sun and reapply every two hours
· Wear suitable clothing – a hat, sunglasses and a long-sleeved top if you are susceptible to sun burn
· Reduce exposure to direct sunlight during certain times of the day – ideally between 11am – 3pm, as this is when the sun is at its strongest
· Keep your home as cool as possible – shading windows and shutting them during the day can help and open them when it is cooler at night
· Make sure to drink plenty of fluids – keep hydrated. Although, this doesn’t include alcohol – this can dehydrate you.
It is also important look out for others, especially older people, young children and babies and those with underlying health conditions, as they are at greater risk of further complications as the weather gets hotter.
If you feel unwell or have any concerns about your sunburn, particularly if you are burnt over a large area, have blistering or swelling of the skin, chills, dizziness, sickness or a high temperature, you can get help from 111.nhs.uk or call NHS 111 – available 24 hours a day.