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Alert message sent 20/07/2021 10:03:00

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The Met Office Level 3 Heat Health Alert is remaining in place until 0900hrs on Thursday 22nd July. There is a 90% probability of Heat-Health Alert criteria being met between 1600 on Monday and 0900 on Thursday in parts of England.

Level 3 - Heatwave Action Follow link HERE. View also view the full warning at the Met Office Heat Health Watch site.

Hot weather can affect your health. The people most likely to be affected are the elderly, the very young, and people with pre-existing medical conditions.

If you know or look after someone that may be susceptible to the effects of this hot weather period please help make sure that they stay cool and well, and if possible check in advance that they are prepared for this hot spell. Please follow this advice to keep cool and comfortable and reduce health risks:
  • Shut windows and pull down the shades when it is hotter outside. If it's safe, open them for ventilation when it is cooler.
  • Avoid the heat: stay out of the sun and don't go out between 11am and 3pm (the hottest part of the day).
  • Keep rooms cool by using shades or reflective material outside the windows. If this isn't possible, use light-coloured curtains and keep them closed (metallic blinds and dark curtains can make the room hotter).
  • Have cool baths or showers, and splash yourself with cool water.
  • Drink cold drinks regularly, such as water and fruit juice. Avoid tea, coffee and alcohol.
  • Plan ahead to make sure you have enough supplies, such as food, water and any medications you need.
  • Identify the coolest room in the house so you know where to go to keep cool.
  • Wear loose, cool clothing and a hat if you go outdoors.
Also, please don’t forget about the animals in your care and view the top tips for keeping pets cool in hot weather by visiting the RSPCA website for advice on seasonal help for the summer.

For more information please see:
Public Health England - COVID Beat the Heat: Coping with heat and Covid-19
Met Office Heat-health watch
NHS Heatwave: how to cope in hot weather
WSCC Dealing with extreme weather
WSCC Heatwave - View latest updates to the weather situation in West Sussex
WSCC Preparing for emergencies

Follow WSCC on Twitter for regular updates @WSCCNews @WSCCResilience @wspublichealth

RSPCA Top tips for keeping pets cool in hot weather

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Derek Pratt MBE (NWN, Administrator, Sussex)

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