Warning to be safe in the sun as heatwave looks set to arrive this weekend

Days out, barbecues and Pimms - the July sunshine is bringing plenty to enjoy, but Herts County Council is advising people to remember to stay safe during the heatwave.

The Met Office has issued a level two hot weather warning for this weekend, which means that there is a 60 per cent risk of a heatwave.



Herts Councillor Teresa Heritage, who oversees public health, said: “We need to protect ourselves and our more vulnerable friends, family and neighbours from the sun and not underestimate the dangers of overheating.”

Residents are advised to follow a few simple precautions:

• Stay out of direct sun between 11am and 3pm.

• Wear loose-fitting clothes and a hat; apply sunscreen and walk in the shade.

• Have plenty of cold drinks and keep cool with cold showers or baths if necessary, cold foods and by avoiding extreme activity.

• Keep homes cool as best you can, perhaps by keeping the curtains drawn on very hot days, and well ventilated.

• Remember some medicines need to be kept cool - check the instructions on the packet.

• Babies, children and older people (and pets) should not be left in stationary cars.

• If you feel unusually unwell consult you doctor if symptoms - such as headache, intense thirst, dizziness or muscular spasms - persist.

Further information and advice can be obtained from a free telephone call to NHS 111 or on-line from NHS Choices by clicking here