Heatwave

Most of us enjoy sunny weather, but extreme heat can seriously damage your health, you could suffer from:

  • Dehydration
  • Overheating
  • Heat exhaustion
  • Heatstroke

Public Health England, Department of Health and NHS England have produced guidance documents intended to protect our population from heat-related harm to health and can be found on the website:

www.gov.uk/government/publications/heatwave-plan-for-England

Consequences

  • Excess deaths in vulnerable groups due to high temperatures
  • Increased number of admissions to hospitals / visits to GPs (sunburn, heat exhaustion)
  • Traffic congestion / vehicle breakdowns (overheating engines)
  • Melting road surfaces
  • Railways warping and bending
  • Reduced air quality
  • Reduced water quality
  • Disruption to power supplies during a period of high demand
  • Animal welfare impact due to poor ventilation
  • Water shortages
  • Damage to crops and horticulture
  • Increased risk of moorland and forest fires

Advice about preparing for a Heatwave can be found on the NHS Choices website:

www.nhs.uk/Livewell/Summerhealth/Pages/Heatwave.aspx

 

Risk Rating: Medium

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