The Met Office operates an annual Heat-Health watch system in England and Wales from 1 June to 15 September 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.
Heatwaves can be dangerous for the very young, older people and those with serious illnesses. In extreme cases, excess heat can lead to heatstroke.
When a heatwave does occur, 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 you can find easy to follow guidance through these links: