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Tuesday 25th October 2016

UK told to 'prepare for heatwave'

19th May 2009

The government has warned that the UK could face a potential heatwave this summer and people should watch out for elderly family members and friends.


A guide to what to do in the event of very hot weather, called The Heatwave Plan, has been compiled by the Department of Health.

It says people should be aware that babies and older people could be at risk in extremely hot conditions, particularly if they suffer from heart or respiratory problems.

Very hot weather can also cause death by heat stroke.

The plan advises people to keep cool by painting buildings and walls white and putting up curtains with white linings instead of metal blinds in order to reflect heat.

It also says people with respiratory problems should stay inside during the hottest hours of the day, when ozone levels are at their highest.

Although the Met Office has said it cannot confirm that this summer will be a heatwave, there are some signs that it will be warmer than in the previous two years.

In order for the heatwave warning to be triggered, conditions in London would have to exceed 32C in the day and 18C at night.

Yvonne Doyle, Regional Director of Public Health for the South East Coast said: "This year's plan encourages everyone to take practical action before a heatwave strikes."

"Keeping the home as cool as possible during hot weather and remembering the needs of friends, relatives and neighbours who could be at risk is essential." 


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