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Severe Weather

Hot Weather Planning Advice

Helping you prepare for the extremes of severe weather

Helping you to prepare and reduce the effects of extreme weather conditions on your health.

Enjoy the sun safely

Whilst many of us like to enjoy the sun and hot weather, we should make sure we do it safely and remember certain groups of people are more vulnerable than others to the effects of heat or ultraviolet radiation.

Extreme heat can force the body into overdrive as it tries to stay cool through perspiration and evaporation. Young children and older people are particularly at risk. Over exposure to sun is equally dangerous, with effects ranging from mild sunburn to skin cancer. It doesn't have to be hot for the UV index to be high.

Cold Weather

In the event of the Met Office issuing a severe weather alert, please note the following.  Health risks to those such as older people, the very young and people with pre-existing medical conditions may be increased. Cold weather increases the risk of heart attacks, strokes, lung illnesses, influenza and other diseases.

If you know or look after someone who may be particularly susceptible to the effects of very cold weather, please help make sure they stay warm and well.
• Stay tuned to the weather forecast
• Check and maintain daytime room temperature at 21°C
• Check bedroom night-time temperature and maintain it at 18°C or warmer
• If you have to go out, make sure you dress warmly and wear non-slip shoes. Also tell someone where you are going and let them know when you get back. If you have a mobile phone, keep it charged and on you at all times
• Keep active
• Dress warmly, eat warm food and take warm drinks regularly
• Check on those you know are at risk
• If you are concerned about your own health or welfare or that of others, alert the emergency services

Please go to NHS Keep Warm Keep Well for more advice.

Keep up to date with the latest weather news here: or by following the Met Office Twitter @metofficeUK 




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