This information has been taken from the Met Office webpage ‘Heat-health watch’. They have issued a ‘Yellow’ watch level for Southwest England, meaning that there is a 70 % probability of heat health criteria being met between 0600 on Thursday and 1800 on Saturday.

Yellow — Alert and readiness

Triggered as soon as the risk is 60% or above for threshold temperatures being reached in one or more regions on at least two consecutive days and the intervening night. This is an important stage for social and healthcare services who will be working to ensure readiness and swift action to reduce harm from a potential heatwave.

Advice: Heatwaves 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 NHS Choices at www.nhs.uk/summerhealth, NHS 111 or from your local chemist.

Please log onto their website for the latest forecast details and daily updates: http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/public/weather/forecast/#?tab=map

Following the recent publication of Public Health England’s Heatwave Plan, we’re thinking about ways to stay cool.

Read our top ten ways to keep cool, then the advice from Public Health England.

Ten Top Tips to Keep Cool During a Heat Wave

1. Freeze smoothies to create healthy and refreshing ice lollies

2. Stay out of the sun! Obvious but especially important between 11am and 3pm (the hottest part of the day)

3. Get your hot water bottle out… no really! Filled with cold water they work equally as well at the opposite end of heat range, especially good for hot nights

4. Make a DIY air conditioner by positioning a shallow pan or bowl (a roasting pan works nicely) full of ice in front of a fan. The breeze will pick up cold water from the ice’s surface as it melts, creating a cooling mist

5. To chill out super-fast, apply ice packs or cold compresses to pulse points at the wrists, neck, elbows, groin, ankles, and behind the knees

6. Stay hydrated by drinking a glass of water before bed. Tossing, turning and sweating at night can result in dehydration, so get some H20 in before you snooze

7. You can cool down a whole room by hanging a wet sheet in front of an open window. The breeze blowing in will quickly bring down the room’s temperature

8. Disconnect electronics – gadgets and other small appliances give off heat, even when turned off. Reduce total heat in the building (and save energy!) by keeping plugs out of sockets when the appliances are not in use

9. Avoid alcohol and caffeinated drinks that will dehydrate you more easily, and eat small meals regularly – your body warms up as it works to process larger meals, so eating smaller portions can help keep you cooler

10. Keep blinds and curtains closed during the day to keep the sun out, then open up in the evening as the temperature drops to let cooler air through

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