Herefordshire residents are advised that the Met Office has forecast potential heatwave conditions until the end of the week and has declared a Level 2 Heat-health alert.
Professor Rod Thompson, director of public health Hereford said, ‘The hot weather looks set to continue and it’s important to remember that high temperatures can be dangerous. Public Health England has issued some simple advice to help people to keep safe and be aware of the risks and there is accompanying advice on NHS Choices’
‘We encourage people to take note of this advice and to please take a few minutes to check on your family and neighbours to ensure they have everything they need during this hot spell.’
Advice for keeping safe in the heat:
- try to keep out of the sun between 11am to 3pm
- apply sunscreen of at least SPF15 with UVA protection
- wear UV sunglasses, preferably wraparound, to reduce UV exposure to the eyes
- wear light, loose-fitting cotton clothes, a hat and light scarf
- drink lots of cool drinks
- look out for others especially vulnerable groups such as older people, young children and babies and those with serious illnesses
- never leave anyone in a closed, parked vehicle, especially infants, young children or animals
The heatwave may also affect many members of the Muslim community, who are fasting during the current period of Ramadan. During hot weather it’s important to balance food and fluid intake between fasts and especially to drink enough water. The Muslim Council of Britain and the NHS have published information for those likely affected during this period.