Amber warning for extreme heat issued for this weekend
The Met Office has issued a Level 3 (Amber) heat warning for hot weather beginning at midnight on Thursday 11 August until Sunday 14 August, with temperatures expected to reach 35° Celsius (95°F) in Haringey this weekend.
The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) has also issued a heat health alert as sunny spells can pose health risks for many, and young children, those with underlying health conditions and older people, are particularly vulnerable.
As these warm spells become more frequent, please think about what you can do to protect yourself and your family and friends from heat.
The top ways to stay safe during hot weather are:
- Look out for those who may struggle to keep themselves cool and hydrated – older people who may also live alone, and those with underlying conditions are particularly at risk.
- Stay cool indoors by closing curtains on rooms that face the sun – and remember that it may be cooler outdoors than indoors.
- Drink plenty of fluids and avoid excess alcohol.
- Try to keep out of the sun between 11am to 3pm, when the UV rays are strongest.
- 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.
- Make sure you take water with you if you are travelling.
- Check that fridges, freezers and fans are working properly.
- Check medicines can be stored according to the instructions on the packaging.
- Never leave anyone in a closed, parked vehicle, especially infants, young children or animals.
- Take care and make sure to follow local safety advice if you are going into the water to cool down.
If you are struggling to cope with the heat indoors, there are a number of agreed indoor Cool Spaces in Haringey as well as shaded outdoor spaces that residents can access for relief from the heat. Find a cool space near you on the Cool Spaces interactive map (external link).
For more information on how to cope during hot weather please see our Heatwaves page.
The government has produced an easy-read version of the Heatwave plan for England: Keeping healthy when it is really hot (PDF, 1.8MB) - this has advice on how to stay cool during hot weather.
The Haringey Learning Disabilities Partnership provides information for people with learning disabilities, staff and carers.
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