The Met Office has issued a Level 2 Hot Weather Alert for the South East Region, including Hampshire, between 9am on Sunday 15 July until 9am on Tuesday 17 July.
This means Hampshire could see temperatures of 31°c on two or more consecutive days and 16°c during the night.
Councillor Patricia Stallard, Executive Member for Public Health at Hampshire County Council, said: “The elderly, the very young and those with chronic diseases are at higher risk of suffering from severe health effects in the hot weather. Although it’s tempting to make the most of the sunshine, it’s vitally important for everyone to keep out of the heat, apply sunscreen and stay hydrated.”
The Department of Health Heatwave Plan has some simple advice to help people cope with the heat. This is particularly important for those in the high risk groups in order to avoid suffering ill-effects from the heat.
Stay out of the heat:
• Keep out of the sun between 11.00am and 3.00pm
• If you have to go out in the heat, walk in the shade, apply sunscreen and wear a hat and light scarf
• Avoid extreme physical exertion
• Wear light, loose-fitting cotton clothes
Cool yourself down:
• Have plenty of cold drinks, and avoid excess alcohol, caffeine and hot drinks.
• Eat cold foods, particularly salads and fruit with a high water content
• Take a cool shower, bath or body wash
• Sprinkle water over the skin or clothing, or keep a damp cloth on the back of your neck
Keep your environment cool:
• Keep windows closed that are exposed to the sun closed during the day, and open windows at night when the temperature has dropped
• Close curtains that receive morning or afternoon sun
• Turn off non-essential lights and electrical equipment – they generate heat
With the hot weather likely to continue, parents and carers are urged to be extra careful with babies and children near water this summer; very young and small children can drown even in shallow water.
There are a number of steps to reduce risk and accidents around paddling pools, ponds, swimming pools and hot tubs, including:
• Ensure your child is supervised at all times in or around water
• If possible put a fence around any garden pools or ponds
• Don’t leave toys in paddling and swimming pools
• Supervise your child in the bath at all times
• Don’t expect an older child to be responsible for the safety of younger siblings
• Empty paddling pools and turn upside down when not in use
• Satisfy yourself that your child is not out of their depth when in water
For more information on how to keep yourself and loved ones cool visit NHS Choices web pages