Hot Weather Warning
Why is hot weather an issue?
Many people enjoy hot weather but there can be serious health consequences from too much heat and vulnerable groups are particularly at-risk in prolonged hot spells.
Hot weather can be dangerous, especially for the very young or very old or those with chronic disease. Advice on how to reduce the risk either for yourself or somebody you know can be obtained from the Heatwave Plan for England page, from your doctor or local chemist, or ring NHS 111.
Met Office levels
|Level 0||Long term planning - All year|
|Level 1||Heathwave and Summer preparedness programme - 1st June to 15th September|
|Level 2||Heatwave is forecast - Alert and readiness - 60% risk of heatwave in the next 2 to 3 days|
|Level 3||Heatwave Action - temperature reached in one or more Met Office National Severe Weather Warning Service regions|
|Level 4||Major incident - Emergency response - central government will declare a Level 4 alert in the event of severe or prolonged heatwave affecting sectors other than health|
Common Sense tips from Public Health England
Vulnerable people are potentially at greater risk this summer due to overlapping risks across COVID-19 and heat (for example, older age, heart and lung conditions), social isolation due to fear of the virus.
Check on others
- Check on older people or sick neighbours, family or friends every day during hot weather.
- Stay hydrated - drink plenty of fluids and avoid excess alcohol. Keeping hydrated will be especially important for people who are unwell with coronavirus (COVID-19) infection and managing their symptoms at home.
- If you need to travel, ensure you take water with you.
- Avoid extreme physical exertion. If you can't avoid strenuous outdoor activity, such as sport, DIY or gardening, keep it for cooler parts of the day - for example, in the early morning or evening.
Keeping the home cool
- Keep your environment cool: keeping your living space cool is especially important for those who need to stay at home this summer.
- Shade or cover windows exposed to direct sunlight and keep windows that are exposed to the sun closed during the day. External shutters or shades are very effective, while internal blinds or curtains are less effective. Care should be taken with metal blinds and dark curtains, as these can absorb heat.
- If possible and safe, open windows at night if it feels cooler outside.
- Turn off non-essential lights and electrical equipment - they generate heat.
- During the hottest periods find the coolest part of your home or garden/outside or local green space to sit in. If going outdoors, use cool spaces considerately - remember that while COVID-19 restrictions are in place, you will need to follow any additional government guidance. Remember, if you are required to stay at home (e.g. because you have COVID-19 infection or have been advised to self-isolate as a contact) then you should not use public spaces.
On car journeys
- Ensure that babies, children, older people and pets are not left alone in parked cars, which can quickly overheat.
Look out for the signs of heat-related harm
- If you feel dizzy, weak or have intense thirst and headache, move to a cool place as soon as possible. Drink some water or diluted fruit juice to rehydrate, avoid excess alcohol.
- If you have painful muscular spasms (particularly in the legs, arms or abdomen, for example after sustained exercise during very hot weather), rest immediately in a cool place and drink electrolyte drinks. Most people should start to recover within 30 mins and if not, they should seek medical help. Call 111 if you feel unusual symptoms, or if symptoms persist.
- Call 999 if a person develops any signs of heatstroke as this is a medical emergency. Further information on heatstroke and heat-related illness are available on the NHS website.
Enjoy the water safely
- During warm weather going for a swim can provide much welcomed relief.
- Remember that while COVID-19 restrictions are in place, you will need to follow any additional government guidance to use public spaces safely.
- Take care and follow local safety advice, if you are going into the water to cool down.
- Try to keep out of the sun between 11am and 3pm, when UV radiation is strongest.
- If you have to go out in the heat, 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 reduce the risk of sunburn.
Heat-health alerts information sources
Met Office warnings
The latest Met Office warnings
Homelessness and Rough Sleeping
Who to contact if someone has lost or is at risk of losing their accommodation.
Monday to Friday, 9:00am to 5:00pm
After 5:00pm and weekends
Reporting rough sleeping
If you are concerned about someone who is sleeping rough please report via Streetlink who can arrange for the local housing team and outreach services to make contact and offer advice.
0300 500 0914
Severe Weather Accommodation Provision
Sedgemoor District Councils has a Severe Weather and Extended Winter Provision (SWEP) which is triggered by extreme temperatures. When SWEP is in place Sedgemoor District Council encourages anyone sleeping rough within the district to access accommodation via the Outreach Team or the Housing and Homelessness Team. Services for people sleeping rough can also be found at Westfield Church, West Street, Bridgwater.
Government guidance is set to change in phases, keep up to date with restrictions by checking the government COVID-19 homepage.
Advice for Pets
Pets can suffer from heat stroke and exhaustion very easily. Be mindful of walking dogs in extreme temperatures and avoid walks at the peak of the day.
Updated: 16 July 2021