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Level Two Heatwave Alert Issued as Temperatures Set to Soar

July 17, 2014
Public Health

heatwaveThe Met Office has issued a level two heatwave alert as temperatures are set to soar to 320c in parts of the country over the next two days. Some areas will enjoy warmer weather than popular summer holiday destinations such as Spain and the south of France.

A level two alert is triggered when there is a 60% or above chance of temperatures reaching levels that can have significant effects on health. The current hot spell has been created by warm and humid air moving up from the Spanish plains with the East Midlands, West Midlands, east England, the south-east and London the regions most likely to experience heatwave conditions. It is expected that storms created by the warm air hitting the cooler Atlantic breeze will move in over the weekend to bring temperatures back down to normal.

The last major heatwave to hit the UK was in 2009 when there were approximately 300 excess summer deaths. Doctor Paul Cosford, Public Health England’s director of health protection, is urging people to take some simple precautions to protect themselves over the coming days. “Everyone can enjoy the sun safely by keeping out of the heat at the hottest time of the day, avoiding sunburn and staying hydrated with plenty of cool drinks,” he said. “Older people and those with long-term illnesses are particularly vulnerable to the effects of very hot weather, so it’s important to look out for them and keep indoor areas as cool as possible.”

Subscribers can view the RIAMS procedure on the National Heatwave Plan here