Thurrock and the south east are experiencing high temperatures which look like they will continue until Thursday (22 June) when fresher contentions will spread across the country.
The Met Office has raised the alert level to three for much of the country, including Thurrock, meaning there’s a 90 per cent probability of Heatwave conditions over the next few days. Temperatures are likely to reach the high 20s and low 30s during the day and will also remain high at night. Keep up to date with the latest on the Met Office website.
High temperatures can be dangerous, especially for:
- The elderly;
- The very young;
- People with chronic or long-term medical conditions; In particular very hot weather can make heart and breathing problems worse.
However, if you are not in one of the vulnerable groups, the weather can still have an adverse effect on your health. There are some simple things that you can do to avoid the worst of the heat.
Protect yourself by keeping your body cool. Make sure you do not burn when you are in the sun by wearing a sun screen that protects against UVA and UVB rays and keep hydrated throughout the day. Drink at least eight glasses of water a day and eat more cold food, particularly salads and fruit which contain water.
Plan your day in a way that allows you to stay out of the heat. If possible, avoid going out in the hottest part of the day (between 11am and 3pm). Stay in the coolest rooms in your home as much as possible.
Keep windows closed while the room is cooler than outside of the house. Open them when the temperature inside rises, and close the curtains in rooms that are in the full glare of the sun. Also remember to open windows at night for ventilation. If you are worried about security, only open windows on the first floor and above, or fit security locks that allow windows to be locked in an open position for ventilation.
Have regular showers or baths and splash yourself several times a day with cold water, particularly on your face and the back of your neck.
You can find out more on how to prepare for hot weather on the NHS Live Well website.