HEATWAVE: Level three warning issued for Sussex

JPCT 170713 S13290477x Horsham. The Forum. Water feature. Max,4, cools down -photo by Steve Cobb
JPCT 170713 S13290477x Horsham. The Forum. Water feature. Max,4, cools down -photo by Steve Cobb

As a level three heatwave warning is issued for the South East of England, schools, charities and other agencies are offering advice on how to keep cool in Sussex.

Public Health England, a new agency of the Department of Health, says temperatures of up to 31 °C during the day and 16 °C at night are more than likely to continue over the next few days.

The group has launched a heatwave plan which warns us of the potential dangers of these sizzling conditions.

Meanwhile schools have issued guidance on pupils’ uniform and the importance of water.

Those on the other end of the age scale are particularly vulnerable, says Lucy Harmer, head of services at charity Age UK.

“The importance of staying cool in hot weather cannot be over-estimated for older people, especially at night between successive hot days,” she said.

“It is extremely important that older people take sensible precautions during a heatwave, particularly if they have breathing problems or a heart condition.

“We advise remaining indoors during the worst of the heat, wearing light clothing, drinking plenty of fluids and eating normally trying to have more cold foods, particularly salads and fruits which contain water.”

She added: “Age UK’s free ‘Staying Cool in a Heatwave’ guide provides advice on how to protect yourself from the heat.

“For a free copy call Age UK Advice free on 0800 169 6565 or visit www.ageuk.org.uk.”

Meanwhile, the Sussex Wildlife Trust is urging people not to forget about animals which will no doubt be affected by scorching temperatures.

The trust suggests placing fresh water in shaded areas at home for thirsty wildlife.

More information can be found at http://www.sussexwildlifetrust.org.uk/blog/2013/07/helping-thirsty-wildlife/

Dr Jenny Harries, South of England regional director of Public Health England, said: “While many people enjoy hot weather, high temperatures can be dangerous, especially for people who may be particularly vulnerable such as older people, young children and those with serious illnesses.

“During very hot weather, pregnant women and people who have chronic illnesses, including cardiovascular, respiratory, renal conditions, diabetes or Parkinson’s disease, may experience discomfort if indoor temperatures are particularly hot and in using public transport.”

He added: “Everyone can enjoy the sun safely by keeping out of the heat at the hottest time of the day, avoiding sunburn and staying hydrated with plenty of cool drinks. The elderly and those with long-term illnesses are particularly vulnerable to the effects of very hot weather, so it’s important to look out for them and keep indoor areas as cool as possible.”

For more information on the Public Health England heatwave plan visit https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/heatwave-plan-for-england-2013