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Met office issues amber heatwave warning

The Met Office has issued a heatwave warning and is advising people to stay out of the sun when possible.

The level three amber heat wave warning was issued on Monday 23 July. Based on this warning we are urging people to take action and take care of their health, and look out for vulnerable relatives and friends, during the heatwave.

Forecasters are predicting temperatures could reach as high as 30C which, without adequate protection, could cause sunburn and heatstroke.

Here are some tips for staying safe in the sun:

  • Drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration in hot weather – please ensure that your children and elderly friends and relatives are drinking enough and keeping hydrated.
  • Apply sunscreen with a factor of at least 15 and preferably higher
  • Use sunscreen to protect babies and children, and ensure they have plenty of fluids when outside in the open air
  • Make sure children do not become overheated or dehydrated when indoors
  • Avoid sunbathing between 11am and 3pm when the sun is at its hottest
  • If travelling by car, take drinking water for the journey and ensure children do not become overheated
  • Never leave children or pets in cars parked in the sun
  • Wear a hat and light, loose-fitting clothes, preferably cotton
  • Use sun glasses that offer your eyes 100 UV protection.

Chronic respiratory conditions, such as asthma and hayfever, are also often made worse by the heat and high pollen count. But sufferers can prevent their conditions from worsening by ensuring they have the relevant medicine from their pharmacy.

If you need health advice then please ask your pharmacist or call NHS 111.

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