Wolverhampton will continue to experience hot conditions over the next few days, with health chiefs urging residents to take extra care.

The Met Office has issued a Level Two alert, forecasting that there is a 60% chance of heatwave conditions in parts of the West Midlands from Friday to Sunday which could have a significant effect on health.

Councillor Hazel Malcolm, the City of Wolverhampton Council's Cabinet Member for Public Health, said: "While many people enjoy hot weather, high temperatures can be dangerous, especially for people who may be particularly vulnerable such as older people, young children and those with serious illnesses.

"Everyone can enjoy the sun safely by keeping out of the heat at the hottest time of the day, avoiding sunburn and staying hydrated with plenty of cool drinks.

"Older people and those with long term illnesses are particularly vulnerable to the effects of very hot weather, so I'd urge people to look out for them and keep indoor areas as cool as possible."

Top tips for being sun safe include:

  • try to keep out of the sun between 11am to 3pm

  • wear UV sunglasses, preferably wraparound, to reduce UV exposure to the eyes, walk in the shade, apply sunscreen of at least sun protection factor 15 with UVA protection

  • wear light, loose fitting cotton clothes, a hat and light scarf, which will help minimise the risk of sunburn

  • drink plenty of water as sugary, alcoholic and caffeinated drinks can make you more dehydrated

  • look out for others especially vulnerable groups such as the older people, young children and babies and those with serious illnesses

  • never leave anyone in a closed, parked vehicle, especially infants, young children or animals

  • avoid deep water, such as canals and lakes

  • keep bedroom and living space cool by closing the curtains on windows that receive the sun and opening windows at cooler times of the day and overnight. Turn off non-essential lights and electrical items as these generate heat

  • Health and social care workers should regularly check on vulnerable patients, share sun safety messages, make sure room temperatures are set below 26°C and ensure patients have access to cold water and ice

Dr Thomas Waite of Public Health England added: "Much of the advice on beating the heat is common sense, but it is a really good time to think about what you can do to protect yourself and your family and friends from heat. If you're able, ask if your friends, family or neighbours need any support."

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  • released: Wednesday 18 July, 2018