Health advice as September temperatures soar

Temperatures are set to soar to 30C in Basildon and Brentwood this week, prompting a reminder that hot weather can pose a risk to health.

The last time temperatures were above 30C (86F) in September was in 2006 and should temperatures rise above 31.6C (88.9F), it will be the hottest day for 55 years.

The Met Office has this week issued a level two heatwave alert for the East of England warning there is a 70 % probability of heatwave conditions between now and Thursday 15 September.

A heatwave is declared when there is an average temperature of 30°C by day and 15°C overnight for at least two consecutive days.

These temperatures can have a significant effect on people's health if they last for at least two days and the night in between.

People who are at particular risk during a heatwave include:

  • Older people, especially those over 75 years old/or living on their own, or in a care home
  • People suffering from mental health, those with dementia, and those who need help from others on day-to-day activities
  • People who are bed-bound
  • People taking certain types of medication
  • Babies and young children, especially those under four years of age

Please see our detailed health advice for heatwaves here

 

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