A Red Extreme Heat warning has been issued by the Met Office for Monday and Tuesday next week (18-19 July). This means there will be exceptionally high temperatures - perhaps reaching 40C - with adverse health effects likely to be felt by many people, not just those who are more vulnerable to heat. Transport and power in the area could also be affected.
Due to the high temperatures being forecast, our waste crews will start their bin collection rounds at 6am on Monday and Tuesday before it gets too hot.
If you're visiting one of our parks or nature reserves, please take care and make sure you go prepared - apply sunscreen, wear a hat, stay in the shade and take water with you.
Please keep in touch with older family, friends and other vulnerable people to make sure they are coping in the heat.
Here are some tips on how to stay safe in the hot weather:
- Stay cool indoors - close curtains on rooms that face the sun to keep indoor spaces cooler and remember it may be cooler outdoors than indoors
- Drink plenty of fluids and avoid excess alcohol
- Make sure you take water with you if you're travelling
- Never leave anyone in a closed, parked vehicle, especially infants, young children or animals
- Try to keep out of the sun between 11am to 3pm
- Walk in the shade, apply sunscreen and wear a wide-brimmed hat, if you have to go out in the heat
- Avoid physical exertion in the hottest parts of the day
- Turn off non-essential lights and electrical equipment, as they generate heat
- Look out for signs of heat exhaustion and heatstroke.
The NHS has more advice on how to cope in hot weather.