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Stay well in a heatwave

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Take extra care during hot weather this summer

The Met Office have issued a Level 3 Heatwave Alert for the South East of England which will be in place until 09:00 Thursday 22nd June

Residents are being urged to take extra care as the weather hots up this week.

There is an 90% chance of Heatwave conditions until 9am on Thursday 22nd June.

High temperatures can be dangerous, especially for the very young, elderly, or those with serious health conditions.

West Sussex County Council is urging everyone to see if they are at risk, think about vulnerable family members or friends, and to remember top tips for staying cool.

There are some simple things everyone can do to stay cool and healthy in hot weather:

  • Don't spend long periods sitting or working outside during the hottest part of the day: 11am - 3pm
  • If you are travelling in a vehicle take a bottle of water to drink
  • Avoid strenuous activites, and limit activities to early morning/evening when it is cooler
  • When inside use the coolest rooms and keep curtains/blinds closed in rooms that catch the sun
  • Shut windows when it's cooler inside than out and open when it's hotter inside than out. Leave open at night if safe
  • Wear loose, lightweight, lightcoloured cotton clothing
  • Take cool showers and baths
  • Splash your face with cold water or place a damp cloth on the back of your neck
  • Drink plenty of fluids even if not thirsty
  • Eat normally, try to have more cold foods with high water content eg salads and fruit
  • Wear UV sunglasses, preferably wraparound, to reduce UV exposure to the eyes and apply sunscreen of at least SPF15 with UVA protection.

For more information about staying well in a heatwave visit the NHS Choices website.

Further information on Public Health England’s “Beat the Heat” campaign and National Plan can be found on the Public Health England website.

 

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