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Heatwave Health Alert Upgraded

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2:15pm 18th July 2013

Cornwall's heatwave health alert has been upgraded.

The Met Office has extended its Level Three warning to the south-west as the thermometer hits thirty degrees celsius.

It means temperatures are set to stay that high for at least two days, and requires health officials to take action to help high-risk groups such as young children and the elderly.

The alert had already been covering London and south-east England.

Here are the top tips for staying safe in the sun:

- Try to keep out of the sun between 11am and 3pm.

- Wear sunscreen.

- Wear loose cotton clothing

- Drink lots of cool drinks

- Seek shade

- Wear sunglasses and a hat

- Look out for others especially vulnerable groups such as the elderly, young children and babies and those with serious illnesses.

- Never leave anyone in a closed, parked vehicle, especially infants, young children or animals

Dr Jenny Harries, Regional Director of Public Heath in the South of England said: "The Heatwave Plan is an important component of overall emergency planning and sets out a series of clear actions that can be taken by healthcare organisations, local authorities, professionals working with vulnerable people, and individuals to help keep people safe during extreme heat.

"During very hot weather, pregnant women and people who have chronic illnesses, including cardiovascular, respiratory, renal conditions, diabetes or Parkinson's disease, may experience discomfort if indoor temperatures are particularly hot and in using public transport. Employers should ensure indoor areas are kept cool and consider allowing these individuals to travel to or from their place of work during cooler, or less busy, times of the day. For those working or exercising outdoors, strenuous physical exertion during the hottest part of the day should be kept to a minimum.

"To prepare for any type of hot weather this summer, we strongly encourage each locality to consider the actions in this plan and adapt them to their local situation, as a component of wider resilience planning and long-term climate change adaptation arrangements."

2:15pm 18th July 2013

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