Warning to residents as heatwave continues in Nottinghamshire

Nottinghamshire residents are being advised to take care during the heatwave this weekend.

Saturday, 13th July 2013, 11:28 pm

A Level 2 alert is currently place with temperatures nudging the 90F mark in the county today (Saturday).

Localised thunderstorms have broken out in some areas and although temperatures are expected to dip by a few degrees tomorrow, health officials are advising people to keep safe in the sun by carrying out the following precautions:

• Try to keep out of the sun between 11am and 3pm

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• Wear sunscreen

• Wear loose cotton clothing

• Drink lots of cool drinks

• Seek shade

• Wear sunglasses and a hat

• Look out for others especially vulnerable groups such as the elderly, young children and babies and those with serious illnesses

• Never leave anyone in a closed, parked vehicle, especially infants, young children or animals.

People should take care indoors by keeping their bedroom and living spaces cool by closing curtains against sunny windows and opening windows at cooler times when possible.

Social care workers and staff at Nottinghamshire County Council care homes regularly check on vulnerable people receiving care and ensure they have access to cold water and ice during hot weather.

Dr Chris Kenny, director of public health at Nottinghamshire County and Nottingham City, said: “Vulnerable people such as older people, young children and those with serious health problems need to be extra cautious during this heatwave as such high temperatures can be very dangerous.

“If you have a relative or neighbour that is vulnerable keep an eye on them, make sure they stay indoors and keep them as cool as possible.

“Prolonged periods in the very hot sun can also be harmful regardless of age or health so everyone should keep out of the heat at the hottest time of the day, avoid sunburn and keep hydrated with plenty of cool drinks.”

For more information about the Heat-Health Watch system from the Met Office, visit www.metoffice.gov.uk/weather/uk/heathealth/