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Residents urged to be cautious as hot weather due to hit the county

16 June 2022

People are being warned to take extra precautions as a level 3 heatwave alert makes its way across Cambridgeshire – with the Met Office forecasting temperatures will peak on Friday.

The level 3 heat health alert was triggered on 15 June 2022 and means the hot weather poses a health risk to vulnerable people.

Much of the advice on beating the heat is common sense. Before hot weather arrives, it is a good time to think about what you can do to protect yourself and your family and friends from heat.

The top ways for staying safe when the heat arrives are to:

  • Close curtains on rooms that face the sun to keep indoor spaces cooler and remember it may be cooler outdoors than indoors.
  • Use cool spaces if going outdoors.
  • Drink plenty of fluids and avoid excess alcohol.
  • Never leave anyone in a closed, parked vehicle, especially infants, young children, vulnerable adults, or animals.
  • Try to keep out of the sun between 11am to 3pm, when the UV rays are strongest.
  • If you have to go outside in the heat, walk in the shade, apply sunscreen, cover up with clothing and wear a wide-brimmed hat.
  • Avoid physical exertion during the hottest parts of the day.
  • Make sure you take water with you if you are travelling.
  • During warm weather, going for a swim can provide much welcomed relief. If you are going into open water to cool-down, take care and follow local safety advice

Cambridgeshire County Council’s Director for Public Health, Jyoti Atri, said: “For some people, especially older people, those with underlying health conditions, babies and people who work outside, the summer heat can bring real health risks. That’s why we’re urging everyone to keep an eye on those you know who may be at risk this summer. If you’re able, ask if your friends, family or neighbours need any support.”

People are asked to look out for others, especially the elderly, babies and young children. Those with heart, respiratory and serious health problems are more at risk and the heat can make these conditions worse. Babies and young children are also especially at risk, particularly when they are in pushchairs or car seats.

Danger symptoms to watch out for in hot weather include:

  • feeling faint and dizzy
  • short of breath
  • vomiting
  • increasing confusion.

Take immediate action if danger symptoms of heatstroke are present:

  • Take action to cool down as soon as possible
  • Seek further advice from NHS 111, a doctor, or ring 999 if a person has collapsed.

Councillor Richard Howitt, Cambridgeshire County Council’s Committee Member for Adults and Health Committee, said “Temperatures are forecast to reach 32°C in some parts of the county on Friday and we want everyone to enjoy the hot weather safely when it arrives and be aware of good health advice for coping with warmer conditions. Make sure to look out for signs of heat exhaustion and follow our simple health advice – keeping cool and hydrated - to avoid any risks the heat may pose.”

Many prescription medicines can reduce your tolerance of heat. You should keep taking your medicine but take extra care to keep cool. If in doubt, contact your GP.