Warning as heatwave alert raised for Brighton and Hove

A heatwave alert has been raised for the city
A heatwave alert has been raised for the city

Local health experts are urging people to protect themselves against the adverse effects of the predicted hot weather in coming days, after the Met Office’s Heatwave alert was raised to Level 3 for the city.

The heat-health watch alert system acts as an early warning system forewarning of periods of high temperatures, which may affect the health of local residents. With a very warm week forecast for much of the country, including humid days and warm nights, the heatwave alert level has been risen.

Temperatures are set to hit 30 degrees Celsius tomorrow, before dipping to 25 on Wednesday before soaring back up to 32 degrees Celsius on Thursday.

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The Met Office has also said there will be a high UV count on the three days, with residents urged to make sure they wear sunscreen.

Hot weather can affect your health. The people most likely to be affected are the elderly, the very young, and people with pre-existing medical conditions.

NHS Brighton and Hove Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) recommends following these tips to stay safe during the predicted hot weather:

During a heatwave, residents are advised to stay out of the sun; cover up with suitable clothing and sunglasses; take extra care with children; keep your home as cool as possible – shading windows and shutting them during the day may help - and open windows when it is cooler at night.

You should also keep drinking fluids and if there's anybody you know, for example an older person living on their own, who might be at special risk, make sure they know what to do.