Level 3 heat-health alert issued for West Sussex

West Sussex is enjoying a heatwave this week

West Sussex is enjoying a heatwave this week

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The Met Office has now declared a Level 3 heat-health alert for West Sussex.

Heatwave conditions are forecast from 12pm today (Tuesday) until 9am Thursday across the South East.

The Level 3 alert is declared when temperatures have reached 31˚C in the day and 16˚C at night.

West Sussex County Council are encouraging people to keep an eye out for anyone who might need help maintaining their health and wellbeing or struggle to cope in the hot weather.

Having hot weather over a number of days can be a threat to health, particularly for the very young, elderly, or those with serious health conditions, and we often we see a rise in hospital admissions when it gets hot.

People can take a few simple precautions to avoid problems and make sure that they enjoy the summer.

Some easy tips to cope in hot weather are:

• avoid getting too hot in the first place – keep windows closed if it is cooler inside, close curtains or blinds

• check your home’s thermostat or thermometer to see how hot your home is getting

• have plenty of cold drinks and avoid alcohol

• have regular cool baths and showers

• avoid being outside during the hottest part of the day (11am to 3pm), stay in the shade and avoid strenuous activity

• wear appropriate cool, light clothing and a hat

• when going outside, make sure you and your family use sun cream at all times to protect your skin.

Anyone worried about their health during hot weather or a heatwave, especially if taking medication, feeling unwell or having any unusual symptoms such as cramp in arms, legs or stomach, weaknesses or problems sleeping should contact their doctor, speak to a pharmacist, or call NHS 111 or visit the website at www.nhsdirect.nhs.uk. Alternatively get a neighbour or friend to help you get help.

For more information about hot weather and health please visit http://www.westsussex.gov.uk/living/emergency_services/preparing_and_dealing_with/severe_weather/heatwave.aspx

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