With schools breaking up for summer this week the predicted heat wave couldn't come at a better time. Families can enjoy the start of their holiday (and hopefully longer) while the country basks in sunshine!
But with the heat comes a warning from the Met Office that we could see the hottest day ever recorded! Thursday is predicted to be 37C and the all-time record of 38.5C, set in August 2003 is under threat!
However the soaring temperatures – caused by the jet stream pushing hot air up from southern Europe – will pose a health risk to vulnerable groups, such as older people and infants.
Public Health England has issued an amber heat-health warning which is only one level below a 'national emergency' red warning.
There are many tips and tricks being advised for how to cope.
- Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water and minimise alcohol
- Close windows during the day and open them at night when cooler
- Place bed linen in the freezer!
- Ensure pets are hydrated and out of the sun, walk dogs early morning or later in evening when pavements are cooler
- Look out for vulnerable people. The elderly or those with existing respiratory problems.
It can be very tempting for children to venture in to unsafe waters. Rivers, lakes and reservoirs can be very dangerous. Please relay this to your children. Organise a water fight in the garden or street and set up the paddling pool.
But all that aside stay safe and ENJOY this wonderful weather. Don't forget that if you take some sunny pictures we would love to see them!