The Met Office has updated the Level 3 – Heatwave Action Alert to end at 09:00 on Friday.
There is a 90 % probability of Heat-Health Alert criteria being met between 0600 on Tuesday and 0900 on Friday in parts of England
View the full warning at the Met Office Heat Health Watch site.
Please also note that the Met Office have issued a Yellow Thunderstorm Warning (Low Likelihood of Medium Impacts) for today Tuesday 20th 13:00 to 23:59 which covers the North of Sussex. Please find the full warning at the Met Office website.
Hot weather can affect your health. The people most likely to be affected are the elderly, the very young, and people with pre-existing medical conditions.
Please follow this advice to keep cool and comfortable and reduce health risks:
- Shut windows and pull down the shades when it is hotter outside. If it’s safe, open them for ventilation when it is cooler.
- Avoid the heat: stay out of the sun and don’t go out between 11am and 3pm (the hottest part of the day).
- Keep rooms cool by using shades or reflective material outside the windows. If this isn’t 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 cold drinks regularly, such as water and fruit juice. Avoid tea, coffee and alcohol.
- Plan ahead to make sure you have enough supplies, such as food, water and any medications 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 if you go outdoors.
Also, please don’t forget about the animals in your care and view the top tips for keeping pets cool in hot weather by using the RSPCA link below.
For more information go to:
- Public Health and Covid Beat the Heat: Coping with heat and Covid-19
- Met Office Heat-health watch
- NHS Choices Heatwave: be prepared
- WSCC Dealing with extreme weather
- WSCC https://www.westsussex.gov.uk/campaigns/heat-alert/
- WSCC Preparing for emergencies
- Follow us on Twitter for regular updates @WSCCNews @WSCCResilience @wspublichealth
- RSPCA Top tips for keeping pets cool in hot weather
Information supplied by West Sussex Emergency Management