The Met Office, in conjunction with Public Health England, has raised the Heatwave Alert to Level 3 until Friday morning and has issued the following heatwave advice for residents in Brighton and Hove:
Key public health messages for staying safe:
• try to keep out of the sun between 11am and 3pm
• if you have to go out in the heat, walk in the shade, apply sunscreen and wear a hat
• avoid physical exertion
• wear light, loose fitting cotton clothes
• drink plenty of cold drinks
• if you have a health problem, keep medicines below 25 °C or in the refrigerator
• look out for others especially vulnerable groups such as the elderly, young children and babies and those with serious illnesses
• never leave anyone in a closed, parked vehicle, especially infants, young children or animals
A Level 3 heatwave alert means people should be aware of the actions to protect themselves from the possible health effects of hot weather, and social and healthcare services are advised to take specific actions that target high-risk groups.
A Level 3 is triggered as soon as the Met Office confirms there is a 90% chance of heatwave conditions, when temperatures are high enough over threshold levels to have a significant effect on health on at least 2 consecutive days.