Heat health alert for Harborough and wider county

The NHS has issued advice to people to cope with the heat.
The NHS has issued advice to people to cope with the heat.

The Met Office has issued a level-two ‘heat health alert’ for Harborough people to take extra care on Friday, as well as this weekend.

Hot winds flowing from the continent are set to see thermometers soaring to the high C20s on Friday, even if skies are overcast, with a very humid night to follow, said the Leicestershire NHS in a statement.

Heavy thunderstorms in some areas on Saturday will lead to slightly lower maximum temperatures, but it will still be very humid.

The NHS clinical commissioning groups for Harborough, Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland are asking people, especially patients with health conditions affected by heat, to take extra care to avoid heat exhaustion and dehydration.

The NHS’s advice to people is to ‘enjoy the weather, but try to stay cool’.

Advice during a Met Office level-two heat health alert includes the following suggestions:

*Don’t go outside between 11am-3pm as this is the hottest part of the day. Spend time in the shade and avoid strenuous activity.

*People with heart problems, breathing difficulties or serious illnesses may find their symptoms become worse in hot weather, so make sure you have enough medicines in stock and take extra care to keep cool.

*Help others, for instance, check up on neighbours, relatives and friends who may be less able to look after themselves, especially if they have mobility problems.

*Drink water or fruit juice regularly. Avoid tea, coffee and alcohol, and if you do drink alcohol make sure you have lots of water or other non-alcoholic drinks as well.

*Keep rooms cool by using shades or reflective material external to the glass; if this isn’t possible, close light-coloured curtains. Metallic blinds and dark curtains can make the room hotter.

*Keep the windows closed while the room is cooler than it is outside and, if it’s safe, open windows at night when the air is cooler.

Further advice is available for people on the NHS Choices website, which says a heatwave can affect anyone, but the most vulnerable people in extreme heat are the elderly, the very young and people with chronic health conditions.

To find out where to go for medical help in Harborough, visit the website www.choosebetter.org.uk.

Story by Alex Blackwell.

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