The heat is on – how to stay cool and safe this weekend

After a mixed start to July’s weather, temperatures are set to soar this weekend, with a Level 2 Hot Weather Alert issued by the Met Office for the South East Region, which includes Hampshire. The Alert covers Saturday 17, Sunday 18 and Monday 19 July, which means that it is very likely that temperatures will climb into the high 20s over the next few days

Jul 16 2021

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Hampshire County Council’s Executive Lead Member for Adult Services and Public Health, Councillor Liz Fairhurst, said: 

“While we always welcome the summer sun, the heat can be dangerous for anyone – but particularly the very young, the elderly and those with long-term health conditions. By following sensible advice, such as shopping in the early morning or late evening, staying hydrated and using sunscreen when we do need to go outdoors, we can all enjoy the weather safely.”

As the temperature rises, remember to: 
• Stay out of the sun between 11am and 3pm; 
Apply sunscreen, wear loose, lightweight cotton clothing, a hat, and sunglasses; 
Stay hydrated and avoid physical exertion. 

Keep your environment cool: 
Keep your bedroom and living space cool by closing the curtains on windows that receive the sun and opening your windows at cooler times of the day and overnight when you can; 
Turn off non-essential lights and electrical items as these generate heat; 
Electric fans may provide some relief if temperatures are below 35 degrees C.

Medication:
Seek medical advice if you have a chronic long-term condition or are taking multiple medications; 
Keep those medications that require storing below 25 degrees C in the refrigerator;
Follow storage instructions on the packaging. 

For more information on how to keep yourself and loved ones cool, the government has issued a checklist for staying safe in the heat at home.