Heat Health-watch – Met office warns of heatwave
Published: 17 July 2014 | Categories: Healthcare
The met office reports that there is a strong probability of heatwave conditions between 0800 on Friday and 0800 on Sunday in the East Midlands.
The Met Office has issued a level 2 alert – triggered when there is a is 60% or above risk of threshold temperatures being reached in one or more regions on at least two consecutive days. The Heat-health watch system comprises four levels of response based upon threshold maximum daytime and minimum night-time temperatures. These thresholds vary by region, but an average threshold temperature is 30 °C by day and 15 °C overnight.
Met office advice says that the highest temperatures are likely on Friday followed by a very humid night. Heavy thunderstorms in eastern areas on Saturday will lead to slightly lower maximum temperatures, but it will still be very humid.
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, NHS 111 or your local pharmacy.