Hot weather advice
Advice and support on how to stay safe during the hot weather period
The Met Office has issued an Amber extreme heat alert for Wiltshire (17 to 19 July 2022) with temperatures potentially reaching 36C. The Met Office has implemented its first ever Level 4 red warning for extreme heat across England.
Our advice for residents is:
- Regularly check the Met Office website for the latest updates - Weather and climate change - Met Office
- To look out for those who may struggle to keep themselves cool and hydrated, particularly older and more vulnerable people
- Stay cool indoors and close curtains on rooms directly in the sunlight
- Drink plenty of fluids and avoid excess alcohol
- Never leave anyone in a closed, parked vehicle, especially infants, young children or animals.
- Try to keep out of the sun between 11am to 3pm, when the UV rays are strongest
- Walk in the shade, apply sunscreen and wear a hat, if you have to go out in the heat
- Avoid physical exertion in the hottest parts of the day
- If you need to travel by road or rail please prepare for the journey by bringing plenty of water - there could be disruption to travel networks·
- If you decide to cool off in open water please take care and follow local safety advice
- If you need any non-emergency health advice, please call NHS111 or speak to your local pharmacy
Also, The NHS has some handy advice on how to stay safe in hot weather.
- If you feel dizzy, weak or have intense thirst and a headache, move to a cool place as soon as possible. Drink some water or diluted fruit juice to rehydrate. Avoid excess alcohol.
- If you have painful muscular spasms (particularly in the legs, arms, or abdomen), rest immediately in a cool place and drink electrolyte drinks. Most people should start to recover within 30 mins and if not, you should seek medical help. Call 111 if you feel unusual symptoms, or if symptoms persist.
- Call 999 if a person develops any signs of heatstroke as this is a medical emergency. Further information on heatstroke and heat-related illness are available at Heat exhaustion and heatstroke - NHS (www.nhs.uk).
Due to the forecasted prolonged temperatures, our Severe Heat Emergency Protocol for rough sleepers is triggered. People should contact our Housing Solutions service on 0300 456 0100 for help.
Our highways team are regularly monitoring any impact caused to road surfaces by the excessive heat. The teams are checking A and B roads in the county, and will dust any surfaces as and when required, which will help provide additional protection.
Local hospitals and NHS services are currently extremely busy. Here is some useful advice to ensure you are well prepared to stay as healthy as possible:
NHS Bath and North East Somerset, Swindon and Wiltshire Integrated Care Board: Extremely busy health and care services call on public to be summer savvy as temperatures rise
NHS Bath and North East Somerset, Swindon and Wiltshire Integrated Care Board: Health warning issued as local region set for extended period of hot weather
Libraries, leisure centres and household recycling centres throughout the county will remain open during their usual opening hours.
Waste collections are continuing as normal, albeit many recycling collections are running up to two days late due to a staff shortage at our contractors. Crews have been issued additional water and have been advised to take their rest breaks in shaded areas where possible. However, if people see a crew working in their road, and want to offer them a cool glass of water to help keep them cool, then please feel free.
The Heatwave Plan for England aims to prepare, alert and prevent people from the preventable health impacts from severe heat in England.
It can be found at Heatwave Plan for England - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk).
For the latest public health advice on the ongoing fires at Salisbury Plain, please visit Salisbury Plain fire - public health advice.