Stamford, Bourne and Rutland issued with level two heat-health alert ahead of scorching temperatures next week
With the Met Office forecasting hot weather for Stamford, Bourne and Rutland along with most of the country, the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) has now issued a heat-health alert reminding people to be careful in the sun.
The level two health-alert has been issued for the East Midlands, with the warning in place from 9am on Monday until 9am on Friday.
Similar alerts have been issued across England, with level-three alerts for places where the hottest weather is forecast.
The hottest day next week is forecast to be Tuesday when temperatures in Stamford and Bourne will rise to 29C, while in Oakham it is forecast to reach 28C.
Dr Agostinho Sousa, head of extreme events and health protection at UKHSA, said: "Heat-health alerts have now been issued to the majority of the country, with temperatures set to remain consistently high throughout the duration of next week.
"Most of us can enjoy the hot weather when it arrives, but it is important to keep yourself hydrated and to find shade where possible when UV rays are strongest, between 11am and 3pm.
"If you have vulnerable family, friends and neighbours, make sure they are aware of how they can keep themselves protected from the warm weather."
David Oliver, deputy chief meteorologist at the Met Office, added: "We’re at the start of a stretch of warm weather for much of England and Wales, that could last for much of next week.
"In the short term, many can expect temperatures in the mid to high 20s Celsius over the weekend and then in the low 30s Celsius during the start of next week.
"Much of next week will remain warm for the time of year, as well as dry and sunny."
UKHSA advice for staying safe in the sun
- Look out for those who may struggle to keep themselves cool and hydrated – older people, those with underlying conditions and those who live alone are particularly at risk
- Stay cool indoors by closing curtains on rooms that face the sun – and remember that it may be cooler outdoors than indoors
- Drink plenty of fluids and avoid excess alcohol
- Never leave anyone in a closed, parked vehicle, especially infants, young children or animals
- Check that fridges, freezers and fans are working properly
- Try to keep out of the sun between 11am to 3pm, when the UV rays are strongest
- Walk in the shade, apply sunscreen and wear a wide-brimmed hat, if you have to go out in the heat
- Avoid physical exertion in the hottest parts of the day
- Make sure you take water with you if you are travelling
- Take care and make sure to follow local safety advice if you are going into the water to cool down
- Check medicines can be stored according to the instructions on the packaging.