A heatwave warning has been issued as temperatures are expected to rise over Thursday 25th and Friday 26th July 2019.
Record breaking temperatures are expected across the county, including in Buckinghamshire, before the weather breaks on Friday 26th July 2019.
On Thursday 25th July 2019 temperatures are forecast to reach the mid 30’s meaning there is a risk to health especially for the most vulnerable residents. Those most at risk are people:
- Aged over 75, babies and young children.
- With a serious long-term conditions, especially heart or breathing problem.
- With mobility problems.
- On certain medicines, including those that affect sweating and temperature control.
- Mental health problems, and people who misuse alcohol or drugs.
- People who are physically active or work outdoors for example, labourers.
Gareth Williams, Cabinet Member for Community Engagement & Public Health at Buckinghamshire County Council, said: ‘Services across the County appear to be coping well with the heatwave. However, we cannot be complacent. It is very important we all do what we can to avoid the risks associated with prolonged periods of very hot weather.
The effects of too much heat can creep up on you; so remember to keep cool, keep out of the heat and drink plenty of non-alcoholic liquids. Hot weather affects some people much more than others. Please take a few minutes to check-in on friends, neighbours or relatives who are less able to help themselves.‘
When it’s too hot for too long the rise in temperature brings health risks such as dehydration, heatstroke and heat exhaustion. Buckinghamshire County Council have published heatwave advice on their website which can be viewed at https://www.buckscc.gov.uk/services/community/ready-for-summer/, advice on how to keep cool is also given below.
How to keep out the heat:
- Keep curtains on windows exposed to the sun closed while the temperature outside is higher than it is inside.
- If it is safe to do so once the temperature outside has dropped lower than it is inside, open the windows.
- Water external and internal plants, and spray the ground outside windows with water (avoid creating slip hazards) to help cool the air.
- Stay out of the sun, especially between the hours of 11.00am and 3.00pm.
- Stay in the shade where possible and wear hats, sunscreen, thin scarves and light clothing if going outside.
How to keep body temperatures down:
- Reduces your levels of physical exertion.
- Take regular cool showers or baths, or an overall body wash.
- Wear light, loose cotton clothes to absorb sweat and prevent skin irritation.
- Lightly sprinkle clothes with water regularly, and splash cool water on your face and the back of your neck. A damp cloth on the back of the neck helps temperature regulation.
- Eat cold food, particularly salads and fruit with a high water content.