Local health experts are urging people to protect themselves against the adverse effects of the predicted hot weather in coming days, after the Met Office’s Heatwave alert was raised to Level 2 for the area, with temperatures to gradually rise into the weekend.
The heat-health watch alert system acts as an early warning system forewarning of periods of high temperatures, which may affect the health of local residents. With a very warm week forecast for much of the region, including humid days and warm nights, the heatwave alert level has been risen.
NHS East Surrey Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) recommends following these tips to stay safe during the predicted hot weather:
- Stay out of the sun
- Cover up with suitable clothing and sunglasses
- Take extra care with children
- Keep your home as cool as possible – shading windows and shutting them during the day may help.
- Open them when it is cooler at night.
- Keep drinking fluids.
- If there's anybody you know, for example an older person living on their own, who might be at special risk, make sure they know what to do.
Dr Elango Vijaykumar, Clinical Chair at East Surrey CCG, said: “We’re urging residents and visitors to the area to be aware of the dangers of the heat – most of us welcome hot weather, but when it's too hot for too long, there are health risks. When a heatwave alert rises hits this summer, make sure the hot weather does not harm you or anyone you know.
“Going into shade, wearing clothing and sunglasses, and using sunscreen which is at least factor 15 with good UV-A protection on all exposed skin, will all help reduce the risks we all face from the heat.”
Anyone who feels unwell due to the heat should call NHS 111 who will direct them to the most appropriate service.
More information on how to beat the heat is available online https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/healthy-body/heatwave-how-to-cope-in-hot-weather/