A Heatwave level 2 warning has been issued from 0000 on Sunday 18th July to 0000 on Tuesday 20th July. This means that temperatures are likely to rise to levels that increase the risk of ill health among vulnerable people.
We know that death rates rise soon after temperature increases, with many deaths occurring in the first one to two days, so swift action is needed now.
The Met Office, in conjunction with PHE, is issuing the following heatwave warning for our area:
“Heatwaves can be dangerous, especially for the very young or very old or those with chronic disease. Advice on how to reduce the risk either for yourself or somebody you know can be obtained from the NHS website at https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/healthy-body/heatwave-how-to-cope-in-hot-weather/ NHS 111 or from your local chemist.”
Can I ask for your support in ensuring that our residents and staff are able to access information and resources to help them protect themselves and support vulnerable clients, residents, family, friends and neighbours should the warning be raised to level 3?
Please refer to the resources sent at the beginning of June (Berkshire Heatwave and Summer preparedness 2021 email) and the PHE Hot Weather Communications Toolkit 2021, in addition to the social media attachments.