Heatwaves can be very dangerous for the very young and older people or those with serious illnesses. In particular, it can make heart and respiratory problems worse. In extreme cases, excess heat can lead to heat stroke, which can be fatal.
The Met Office is starting its annual Heat-Health watch system today, which operates in England and Wales from 1 June to 15 September each year in association with the Department of Health.
The Heat-Health Watch system compromises four levels of response based upon threshold maximum and minimum night-time temperatures. For more information about the Heat-Health Watch scheme visit the Met Office website.
If a Heatwave does occur this summer it is important to be prepared and take steps to reduce the risks both for yourself and those friends and relatives that may be vulnerable. There are many simple ways to do this and free, easy to follow guidance is included on the Department of Health website.
Please contact the Emergency Management Team if you have any questions:
firstname.lastname@example.org, 0208 541 9160