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Heat-Health Alerts issued by UKHSA and the Met Office

The yellow warning was issued yesterday by the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) and the Met Office has been moved to amber warnings in 5 areas:

  • West Midlands
  • eastern midlands
  • east of england
  • South East
  • Southwest

The decision to switch to amber warning was made as a result of the latest Met Office forecasts, which suggest that it is more likely that temperatures are forecast to reach quickly over the weekend in these areas, while they It is also possible to see high temperatures overnight. The amber warning indicates that weather impacts could be felt across the health service as a whole, and at this level we could start to see some health impacts across the entire spectrum. population, not just the most vulnerable.

As of today, a yellow warning has also been issued for the North East, North West and Yorkshire and the Humber regions of England. London is still at this level. Both warnings remain in effect from 9 a.m. Friday, June 9 through 9 a.m. Monday, June 12.

The Met Office has also issued a Yellow alert for thunderstorms in some areas from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturdays.


June 7, 2023

Health warning due to the first heat of the year due to UKHSA and the Met Office

The UK Health Security Agency and the Meteorological Office have issued the first heatwave health warnings of the year in six regions of the UK.

The areas covered in the yellow alert are:

  • London
  • eastern midlands
  • West Midlands
  • east of england
  • South East
  • Southwest

The warning is currently in place from 9 a.m. Friday, June 9 to 9 a.m. Monday, June 12, and if the current forecast temperatures are reached, there is likely to be some impact on health and social care sectors.

Under the new HHA system introduced by UKHSA and Met Office, yellow warning means any impact including increased use of health care services by vulnerable populations and increased health risks to those people over 65 or those with pre-existing health conditions, including respiratory and cardiovascular. diseases. There is also the possibility that indoor environments, including healthcare and care facilities, become very hot.

Dr. Agostinho Sousa, Head of Extreme Events and Health Protection at UKHSAspeak:

In the coming days we may experience our first prolonged heatwave of the year, so it’s important for everyone to stay hydrated and cool while enjoying the sun. sunshine.

The temperature forecast this week will mainly affect people over 65 or those with pre-existing health conditions such as respiratory and cardiovascular disease.

If you have friends, family or neighbors that you know are more vulnerable to the effects of hot weather, it is important that you check them in and make sure they are aware of the forecasts and are working on them. Follow the necessary advice.

Here are ways that you can keep yourself and others safe in hot weather:

  • check on family, friends, and neighbors who may be at higher risk, and if you are at higher risk, ask them to do the same for you
  • Know the symptoms of heat exhaustion and heatstroke and what to do if you or someone else gets them
  • Avoid the sun during the hottest part of the day, from 11am to 3pm
  • if you plan to do a physical activity (for example, exercise or walk the dog), plan to do these activities during times of the day when it is cooler, such as mornings or evenings. evening
  • Keep your home cool by closing windows and curtains in rooms that face the sun
  • if you go outside, wear appropriate clothing such as appropriate hats and sunglasses, seek shade, and apply sunscreen frequently
  • Drink lots of water and limit alcohol intake

Dan Harris, Deputy Director of Meteorology at the Met Office, said:

Temperatures will rise later this week and into the weekend, with a stream of warm air drawn in from the south. Temperatures over the weekend could peak around 30°C in some parts of the UK and remain well above average overnight through the weekend.

Along with the increase in temperatures comes an increased chance of some heavy showers and thunderstorms, which could cause some local disruption for some people from late Friday and through the weekend, although it is impossible to be certain of the exact details so far from the potential event.

More information

As part of the launch of the Adverse Weather and Health Plan, UKHSA Updated guide on how to stay safe in hot weather.

At the beginning of June, our new HHA cooperation system with Met Office has come into operation. Watch for warnings that have been issued in your area.

Read UKHSA blog post stay safe during inclement weather.

For more information about common signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heatstrokevisit NHS.UK.

Published by the Met Office tips on how to plan for the heat.


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