South set to sizzle as Met Office issues heatwave warning

THE Met Office has issued a level two heatwave warning today (Wednesday, July 16) as the south look sets to sizzle this week.

Wednesday, 16th July 2014, 1:05 pm
A heatwave is set to scorch the area. Beach-goers are warned about going outside during the hottest parts of the day, this weekend L20658H14

The alert is from 8am Friday (July 18) until 8am on Sunday (July 19).

The agency say there is a 60 per cent probability of heatwave conditions, with the highest temperatures expected on Friday followed by a humid night.

Heavy thunderstorms may reduce temperatures on Saturday but it is expected to remain very humid throughout the weekend.

Lads, just being lads! - Relaxing on Bognor beach

A spokesman for the Met Office said: “Heatwaves can be dangerous, especially for the very young or very old or those with chronic disease. Advice on how to reduce the risk either for yourself or somebody you know can be obtained from NHS Choices at, NHS 111 or from your local chemist.”

Who is most at risk?

A heatwave can affect anyone, but the most vulnerable people in extreme heat are:

n Older people, especially those over 75

Met Office warns people to stay cool. Pictured are Sinead Hughes, 19, and Leanne Hilll, 19, of Bognor

n Babies and young children

n People with a serious chronic condition, especially heart or breathing problems

n People with mobility problems – for example, people with Parkinson’s disease or who have had a stroke

n People with serious mental health problems

n People on certain medications, including those that affect sweating and temperature control

n People who misuse alcohol or drugs

n People who are physically active – for example, labourers or those doing sports

Tips for coping in hot weather

n Shut windows and pull down the shades when it is hotter outside. If it’s safe, open them for ventilation when it is cooler.

n Avoid the heat: stay out of the sun and don’t go out between 11am and 3pm (the hottest part of the day) if you’re vulnerable to the effects of heat.

n Keep rooms cool by using shades or reflective material outside the windows. If this isn’t possible, use light-coloured curtains and keep them closed (metallic blinds and dark curtains can make the room hotter).

n Have cool baths or showers, and splash yourself with cool water.

n Drink cold drinks regularly, such as water and fruit juice. Avoid tea, coffee and alcohol.

n Stay tuned to the weather forecast on the radio or TV, or on the Met Office website.

n Plan ahead to make sure you have enough supplies, such as food, water and any medications you need.

n Identify the coolest room in the house so you know where to go to keep cool.

n Wear loose, cool clothing, and a hat if you go outdoors.

n Check up on friends, relatives and neighbours who may be less able to look after themselves.

The Met Office will be using regular updates if the alert level changes.

To see the update, click here.