Rugby has been identified as ‘at risk’ of heatwave conditions over the next few days, prompting health warnings.
The Met Office forecasts that temperatures will rise to 29 degrees centigrade on Friday, with 25 degrees centigrade forecast for tomorrow (Thursday)
Warnings that a heatwave may be imminent are triggered when the Met Office forecasts that there is a 60 per cent chance of temperatures being high enough on at least two consecutive days and the intervening night to have a significant effect on health.
The warning is issued two or three days before a heatwave is expected to occur, as this is regarded as a critical stage to ensure readiness and swift action to reduce harm.
Dr John Linnane, director of public health for Warwickshire, said: “Vulnerable groups, such as the older people, feel the acute effects of heat more than others and it’s long been recognised that death rates rise in the early stages of heatwaves.”
The following advice has been issued to try and keep people healthy in the sun and heat:
* 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
* Wear a hat and light scarf
* Wear light, loose-fitting cotton clothes
* 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.
Dr Rob Carr, West Midlands health protection team director for 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.
“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.”