Severe weather

Severe weather always has the potential to significantly disrupt our daily lives. Snow, floods, gales, dense fog and widespread ice all bring their own unique problems.

Severe weather has the potential to cause widespread damage to property, local services and human life. A greater awareness of this hazard and how to prepare can greatly reduce the risks in such weather.

Warwickshire County Council with its partners have a major role to play in such circumstances in providing a wide range of services, to help return the situation to normal as quickly and efficiently as circumstances permit. The community however also have a vital role to play and in such weather it is more important than ever to be especially aware of those who are vulnerable and may need your help.

Warwickshire’s severe weather leaflet provides information on specific services provided by the County Council, and some useful contact numbers and handy hints to protect ourselves from severe weather.

Severe weather leaflet (pdf, 62Kb)

Heat wave / drought

We offer simple and effective advice on keeping safe and well in summer, to ensure that all can enjoy the weather whilst protecting ourselves and others from potentially fatal affects.

Met Office Heat-health watch

UK: severe weather warnings

Health risks

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.

NHS Choices – Heat Exhaustion and Heatstroke

NHS Direct Online – telephone: 0845 4647

SunSmart – Skin Cancer Prevention Campaign

Heatwave Plan for England – Looking after yourself and others during hot weather – the latest advice (pdf, 268 kb)

Heat wave plan

A Heat-Health Watch system operates in England and Wales from 1 June to 15 September each year in association with the Department of Health. Each year they relaunch the Heat wave Plan (first launched July 05), and public leaflets which contains general information and advice on how to look after yourself and others before and during a heat wave.

Department of Health – heat wave plan for England 2014 (pdf, 1.15mb)

Drought

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.

Environment Agencies – drought – more details on drought in the Midlands region and advice and information on how you can help.

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Severe weather was last updated on June 30, 2014.