Although many of us enjoy being out in the sun during the summer it is important to be properly prepared to prevent ill-health. Those at most risk during a heat wave include:
- Babies and young children.
- Older people.
- People with breathing or heart problems.
Health guidance for coping with a heat wave is available on the NHS Choices Summer Health website.
The Met Office runs a Heat Health Watch from 1 June to 15 September each year in association with Public Health England. The scheme has four levels:
- Level 1 Awareness
- Level 2 Alert
- Level 3 Heat wave
- Level 4 Emergency
The levels are based upon threshold maximum daytime and minimum night time temperatures that could have an effect on health if reached for two consecutive days and the night in between.
Heat wave Plan for England
Public Health England has published the Heat wave Plan for England which is intended to protect the population from heat-related harm to health. Documents available via the website include:
- Heat wave Plan for England: protecting health and reducing harm from extreme heat and heat waves
- Looking after yourself and others during hot weather
- Advice for care home managers and staff - Supporting vulnerable people before and during a heat wave
- Advice for health and social care professionals - Supporting vulnerable people during a heat wave