Advice for residents as heatwave looms

Published Monday, 22nd July 2019
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Stay safe in the sun

Rotherham residents are being urged to prepare for a heatwave which is due over the coming days, according to Met Office forecasts.

The Met Office has forecast an 80 per cent probability of heatwave conditions from early on Tuesday until Thursday.

During hot spells vulnerable groups, such as older people, feel the acute effects of heat more than others.

Temperatures are expected to build on Tuesday and into Wednesday and Thursday.

Conditions will stay very warm and humid by night, which could lead to uncomfortable sleeping conditions.  

Even if temperatures do not hit extreme levels, Public Health England (PHE) still advises people to keep safe in the sun, seek shade to cool down and keep hydrated with plenty of cool fluids.

Rotherham Council’s Strategic Director of Adult Social Care, Public Health and Housing, Anne-Marie Lubanski, 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.

“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. Older people 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.”

Top advice for being sun safe:

  • Try to keep out of the sun between 11am to 3pm
  • Wear UV sunglasses, preferably wraparound, to reduce UV exposure to the eyes,
  • Walk in the shade, apply sunscreen of at least SPF15 with UVA protection, and wear a hat.
  • Wear light, loose-fitting cotton clothes. This should minimise the risk of sunburn.
  • Drink lots of cool drinks
  • Look out for others, especially vulnerable groups such as the older people, young children and babies and those with serious illnesses
  • Never leave anyone in a closed, parked vehicle, especially infants, young children or animals

Further advice from Public Health is to keep bedroom and living spaces cool, by closing the curtains on windows that receive the sun and opening windows at cooler times of the day and overnight. Residents are also advised to turn off non-essential lights and electrical items, as these generate heat.

Advice on keeping cool in the sun