The MET office has issued a level 2 heat alert, which means there is an 80 % probability of heatwave conditions between now and 6pm on Thursday (21 July) in parts of England, including Wiltshire. There is also a high chance a level 3 alert could be issued as very high temperatures are likely for two consecutive days.
Here are some useful tips for keeping you and others safe in this type of weather at work and home:
- When at work, pull down the shades to keep the heat out
- When at home, 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)
- Once the weather cools, and it is safe, open windows and blinds for ventilation
- Avoid the heat: if you’re vulnerable to the effects of heat, stay out of the sun and don’t go out between 11am and 3pm (the hottest part of the day)
- Have cool baths or showers, and splash yourself with cool water
- Drink cold drinks regularly, such as water and diluted fruit juice. Avoid excess alcohol, caffeine (tea, coffee and cola) or drinks high in sugar
- Pay attention to alerts on the radio, TV and social media about keeping cool
- 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 and sunglasses if you go outdoors
- Check up on friends, relatives and neighbours who may be less able to look after themselves
Please check the MET office website for regular updates and any warnings on the weather.