The Met office has today issued a UK-wide Level 4 heat health alert for early next week.
This means that everyone, not only the higher risk groups, could become ill in this weather.
Hot or very hot conditions are expected across the country this weekend and into next week. Temperatures are set to peak on Monday and Tuesday and are expected to reach 35 degrees or more in Sussex, with some exceptional temperatures possible in places.
You can see the latest updates from the Met Office.
Advice for staying safe in the hot weather
- look out for those who may struggle to keep themselves cool and hydrated – older people, young children, 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 in the shade than indoors
- drink plenty of fluids and avoid excess alcohol. Take water out with you in refillable water bottles - there are refill points across the city
- try to keep out of the sun between 11am to 3pm, when the UV rays are strongest
- if you have to go out in the heat, walk in the shade, apply sunscreen and wear a wide-brimmed hat and loose-fitting clothing
- avoid unnecessary physical exertion in the hottest parts of the day
- never leave anyone in a closed, parked vehicle, especially infants, young children or animals
- check that fridges, freezers and fans are working properly
- 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
- look out for signs of heat related illness. Cool your skin with water, slow down and drink water. Call NHS 111 if you need medical help or in an emergency dial 999.
Further information and advice
- Beat the Heat: poster that can be displayed in buildings (GOV.UK)
Birmingham City Council has translated the UKHSA Beat the Heat poster into 17 languages ready to print and display.
- UKHSA’s blog on staying safe in extreme heat
- NHS heatwave advice
More detailed guidance, including for those working in health and social care or with younger people can be found in the Heatwave Plan for England.