Coventry residents are being urged to look out for those vulnerable to heat exposure, as the Met Office issues new heatwave alerts for the end of the week.
While most of us welcome the warmer weather, soaring temperatures and extreme heat can cause health risks for many. The very elderly, those with serious illness and existing medical conditions, and the very young are potentially at risk during a heatwave.
Forecast temperatures are expected to peak between Thursday and Saturday this week. It is predicted temperatures could rise to 28 Celsius by Saturday with dehydration, heat exhaustion and heatstroke among the main risks to health.
Health and social care partners across Coventry and Warwickshire have come together to offer some simple advice on how to enjoy the hot weather responsibly.
The Current Forecast
Thursday is set to be sunny with a moderate breeze, with temperatures reaching highs of 21 Celsius in the late afternoon and lows of 10 Celsius through the night.
Friday will see sunny intervals with a gentle breeze, with highs of 24 Celsius in the early afternoon and lows of 12 Celsius overnight.
Saturday is forecast to be the hottest day of the week, with highs of 31 Celsius in the afternoon and lows of 15 Celsius overnight.
Sunday will be slightly cooler, albeit still hot, with highs of 21 Celsius by the afternoon and lows of 12 Celsius through the night.
(A of 08:32, 27 June)
Coventry City Councillor Kamran Caan, Portfolio Holder for Public Health and Sport, said: “It is very important to understand the health risks related to temperatures rising during the summer months.
“Exposure in these excessive temperatures can bring on heat-related illnesses, so it is important to try and prevent these by protecting yourself through necessary measures.
“Being a good neighbour and checking in on relatives and friends who may be vulnerable to the heat can help us all stay healthy in the sun.”
Councillor Les Caborn, Portfolio Holder for Adult Social Care and Health at Warwickshire County Council said: “During hot spells, vulnerable groups, such as the elderly, feel the severe effects of heat more than others and it’s long been recognised that death rates rise in heat waves.
“The best advice is to relax, stay cool, drink lots of cold fluids and if you can keep an eye on those you know to be at risk.”
Here are a few tips for staying safe in the heat:
- Try to keep out of the sun between 11 am to 3 pm;
- Wear UV sunglasses, preferably wraparound, to reduce UV exposure to the eyes;
- Walk in the shade;
- Apply sunscreen of at least SPF15 with UVA protection;
- Wear a hat and light scarf;
- Wear light, loose-fitting cotton clothes;
- Drink lots of cool drinks;
- Look out for others, especially vulnerable groups such as elderly people, young children and babies and those with serious illnesses; and
- Never leave anyone in a closed, parked vehicle, especially infants, young children or animals.
For more information on how to enjoy the sun safely, visit Cancer Research’s SunSmart’s website.