In the South East, a level 2 alert has been raised – meaning that a heatwave is forecast. The Met Office raises an alert when temperatures reach 30° (daytime) and 16° (overnight) for at least two consecutive days. With this in mind, we have now reached level 2. You do not need to take any immediate action yet but be prepared by reading the following guidance. 

Heatwave conditions can have a number of health impacts especially on more vulnerable groups such as older people, those with long term chronic health conditions, those who are bed-bound, very young; or those who live in trickier environments during this weather – for instance in a top floor flat.

As a healthcare provider, we are required to do all that we can to ensure the safety of our patients and our staff during any extreme weather, heat included. The following guidance should be followed:

When outside:

  • Always carry water with you
  • Apply factor 30+ suncream regularly
  • Do not over-exert yourself (e.g. do not go for a run in the midday sun)
  • Stay in the shade wherever possible

When inside:

  • Ensure there is adequate ventilation – ideally via an open window or door but a fan or air conditioning unit will also help
  • Stay hydrated
  • Dress appropriately for the temperature
  • Close curtains / blinds, to ensure internal areas remain as cool as possible

For more information please visit the NHS website: ​​​​Heatwave: how to cope in hot weather