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'Heatwave action' health alert issued for Cornwall

'Heatwave action' health alert issued for Cornwall

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 11:46am 25th June 2020.

The heat health alert in force for Cornwall has been ramped up to a level three 'heatwave action', as we get more glorious sunshine.

The Duchy is forecast to experience top temperatures in the high twenties across Thursday, with some hazy spells in places too.

There is a 90 % probability of heat-health criteria being met between 8am on Thursday and 9pm on Friday in parts of England, according to the Met Office.

Public Health England has also issued guidance as it urged people to take care in the heatwave conditions.

People ‘shielding’ indoors from Covid-19, older people, those with underlying health conditions, and very young children are all more vulnerable from the higher temperatures.

Meantime a yellow weather warning for thunderstorms also comes into force on Thursday, covering the whole of Cornwall.

Forecasters say we could see lightning strikes, heavy rain or even flooding as a result of the hot weather.

What is the advice?

  • Drink plenty of fluids and avoid excess alcohol, everyone is at risk of dehydration in hot temperatures, but babies, children and older people are particularly vulnerable.
  • Stay cool indoors: open windows when the air feels cooler outside than inside; shade or cover windows exposed to direct sunlight; move to a cooler part of the house, especially for sleeping.
  • Slow down when it is hot: exertion heats up our bodies so plan any strenuous activities (e.g. exercise, gardening) outside the hottest time of the day, typically 11am - 3pm.
  • Cool your skin with water, you could use a cool wet sponge or flannel, cool water spray, cold packs around the neck and armpits, or a cool, wet sheet.
  • Stay connected and listen to the weather forecast, knowing the forecast can help you plan ahead and adapt what you’re doing.
  • Dress appropriately for the weather, protect yourself against the sun’s radiation and keep yourself cool by wearing thin cotton clothes.
  • Eat smaller meals, more often. Cold salads and fruit are the perfect summer foods.
heatwave summer beach sunshine

“Most of us look forward to the warmer weather but some people may find it more difficult to cope with these higher temperatures.  Older people, those with underlying health conditions and very young children are more at risk in hot weather. 

“This summer, many of us are spending more time at home due to COVID-19, especially those who are shielding as they are at high risk of developing severe infection. It is important that we continue to check up on older people, and those with underlying health conditions, particularly if they are living alone and may be socially isolated as we know that a lot of homes can overheat.

“You will need to do things differently this year, for example keeping in touch by phone. If you need to provide direct care to someone at risk from hot weather, follow government guidance on how to do this safely. The most important advice is to ensure they stay hydrated, keep cool and know how to keep their homes cool.”

Emer OConnell, Consultant in Public Health at Public Health England

“With plenty of sunshine and soaring temperatures expected over the coming days, many of us across the UK will be outside making the most of the fantastic weather while following the social distancing rules.

“It’s important, however, to make sure you stay safe in the sun: apply sunscreen regularly, stay hydrated, and protect your head from the sun. Look out for those who are vulnerable in the heat, and provide support where needed, continuing to follow social distancing guidance.”

Health Minister Jo Churchill

For more information on the common signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heatstroke visit NHS Choices.

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