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Hot weather advice

Advice and support on how to stay safe during the hot weather period

Published 14 July 2022

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 (opens new window) 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 (opens new window)
  • 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 (opens new window).

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