The Met Office has issued a Level 2 Heat Health Alert. There is a 60% probability of Heat-Health criteria being met between 12:00 on Thursday and 09:00 on Sunday in South East England.

A spell of hot and sunny weather is likely to develop through Thursday and Friday with temperatures most likely peaking on Friday in southeast England. The heat may continue for some on Saturday but there is currently low confidence for the longevity of this expected hot spell.

Advice from West Sussex County Council: How you can protect yourself and others

  • Stay out of the heat and keep out of the sun between 11.00am and 3.00pm.
  • Cool yourself down and drink plenty of water.
  • Keep your environment cool and place a thermometer in your main living room and bedroom to keep a check on the temperature.
  • Look out for others, especially isolated, elderly, ill, very young people and your pets, and make sure they are able to keep cool.

Heatwave and Covid-19

Please note that additional information and tips for Covid-19 and hot weather has been issued by the government.

  • Fans should not be used in offices as this could increase the spread of infection. Remember that fans are ineffective in temperatures above 350C and cause increased dehydration
  • Open windows and use blinds to help regulate temperature
  • Staff wearing PPE should keep hydrated, change masks regularly (especially if damp) and ensure that their own wellbeing is maintained
  • Paracetamol (and aspirin) may be used to manage COVID-related symptoms but it is recommended that they are not used solely to reduce body temperature. Always consult your pharmacist, GP or NHS 111 for advice
  • Keep cool and hydrated by regularly sipping cold water-based drinks and avoid alcohol
  • Use sponges or cloths made damp by cold water to help control your temperature
  • Close blinds and curtains to help control the temperature of your home
  • Check on the wellbeing of vulnerable friends and family who may be shielding or who are isolated. Remember to observe social distancing guidance social distancing guidance

The full guidance can be found here.

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