For the first time in Met Office history, a red warning for extreme heat has been issued in the UK – affecting areas across Worcestershire and beyond.
A red weather warning means that there is a “very likely” risk to life, and urges people to take caution and keep themselves safe from this extreme heatwave – which is predicted to peak on Sunday, July 17 Monday, July 18 and Tuesday, July 19.
Temperatures are expected to hit a quite unbelievable 38°C in Astley and Dunley on Monday, with the red weather warning first hitting us on Monday.
It follows on from a week of amber warnings for heat, as the UK goes through an almost unprecedented heatwave this summer – but temperatures are only likely to increase in the coming days.
It is believed the heat could cause disruption to travel, infrastructure and health services, with night time temperatures never dipping below 25°C in some areas.
A level three UK Health Security Agency alert has been issued, advising the NHS to look out for vulnerable people and those with underlying health conditions.
- Look out for those who may struggle to keep themselves cool and hydrated. Older people, those with underlying conditions and those who live alone are particularly at risk.
- If you live alone, ask a relative or friend to phone to check that you are not having difficulties during periods of extreme heat.
- 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.
- If going outdoors, use cool spaces considerately.
- Drink plenty of fluids and avoid excess alcohol.
- 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, 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 the latest weather forecast and temperature warnings – you can find these on TV, radio, mobile app or website.
- During warm weather going for a swim can provide much welcomed relief. If you are going into open water to cool down, take care and follow local safety advice.