06 Aug Heatwave health warning extended in England as temperatures set to reach 33C | UK News
Southwest England has been added to a heatwave health warning, as temperatures across the UK soar.
Public Health England (PHE) extended the level three heat-health warning to southwest England on Thursday morning after issuing it to the southeast and east of England, as well as London, earlier in the week.
The warning means NHS and social care staff need to be alert to the heat affecting people, especially high-risk groups, and to prepare for more heat-related health issues and admissions.
An official heatwave could hit the UK, with some parts basking in temperatures hotter than top holiday destinations in the Caribbean.
PHE issued the second highest warning after Met Office meteorologists said they have a “greater than 90% confidence level that the day threshold temperature will be met” on Friday and Saturday in the southwest.
The threshold in the South West is 30C, in the South East it is 31C, in London it is 32C and in the east of England it is 30C.
PHE has warned people in care homes are at “particularly high risk of illness and death” during heatwaves.
It said during the COVID-19 pandemic it is “especially important” staff are prepared to keep residents cool and safe, with a specific warning to only use fans in single rooms where the person definitely does not have coronavirus.
“Fear of COVID-19 should not prevent action to tackle the risks from hot weather and heatwaves,” PHE advised.
The level three warning said: “Look out for others, especially older people, young children and babies and those with underlying health conditions.
“Close curtains on rooms that face the sun to keep indoor spaces cooler and remember it may be cooler outdoors than indoors.
“Drink plenty of fluids and avoid excess alcohol, dress appropriately for the weather and slow down when it is hot.”
The Met Office’s meteorologists said the South West, South East, London and east England will experience “hot weather and warm nights”.
Temperatures in the South West are set to reach 31C in Salisbury and Blandford Forum on Saturday, while London will hit 33C, much of the South East will be 32C and Chelmsford and Sudbury in the east will be 31C.
Sky News weather producer Kirsty McCabe said: “Unlike last week, the exceptionally hot weather is set to hang around longer this time, but not everywhere will experience it.
“Heatwave conditions are likely to affect a large swathe of southern and eastern England this weekend, with the heat expanding further north next week.
“The threshold temperatures for heatwave conditions vary by region, but on average the threshold temperature is 30C by day and 15C overnight for at least two consecutive days.
“Often it’s the warm, humid and muggy nights that can have the greatest impact on health.
“Along with the heat there is an increasing threat of severe thunderstorms for many areas early next week.”