Blog19 July 2016

Heatwave could impact on Britain’s elderly, experts warn

The Met Office have declared a level 2 heat-health alert across the South of England, after weather forecasters predicted temperatures could exceed 34°C over the coming days.

A sudden climatic upturn has been caused by hot air making its way over from the Sahara desert, with vulnerable people now at risk because of the warmer weather.

Public Health for England is urging British citizens to look out for elderly relatives and those who may be sensitive to higher temperatures – including young children and the infirm.

A spokesman for Age UK said: “The importance of staying cool and keeping well in hot weather can be overestimated, as older people can be particularly susceptible to heat-related illness.

“Heat stroke is a life-threatening condition and can develop if heat exhaustion is left untreated.”

Wall-to-wall sunshine over the weekend saw the 27°C mark reached on Sunday, making it the hottest day of the year so far. And instead of conditions cooling thereafter, we now have a mini heatwave on our hands with soaring temperatures expected to linger for at least the next 72 hours.

The UK has been hotter than Hawaii, Greece and Los Angeles in recent days, and this seems set to continue with thermometers tipped to breach 30°C in many parts of the country.

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