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Looking After Yourself and Others During the Hot Weather
In order to ensure that we all enjoy the weather whilst protecting ourselves and others from its potentially fatal affects, we have prepared this page to offer simple and effective advice on keeping safe and well this summer.
Met Office Heat-health watch warnings
Members of the public are also advised that changes to this status will also be notified through the severe weather warnings system.
Young children and older people are at particular risk from the effects of the heat and overexposure to the sun, though it is important for us all to realise the effects extreme heat has on our bodies and take steps to protect ourselves, from things such as dehydration, heat stroke and skin cancer. Remember it doesn't have to be hot for the UV index to be high.
Details on safety in the sun can also be found at:
NHS Choices - Heat Exhaustion and Heatstroke
SunSmart – Skin Cancer Prevention Campaign
Heatwave - A Guide to Looking After Yourself and Others During Hot Weather (PDF 159KB)
Or contact NHS Direct on 0845 4647 or NHS Direct Online at www.nhsdirect.nhs.uk
Although not yet experiencing the water shortages as in the south east of the country the midlands has experienced a dryer than average winter and a hot, dry summer has the potential to lead to drought conditions. It is therefore important that as well as ensuring our own safety in the hot weather we do our best to conserve water and protect the environment.
For more details on drought in the midlands region and advice and information on how you can help please visit the Environment Agencies Drought Pages.