Public Health England issue heat-health warning as temperatures set to soar to 32C

A heat warning has been issued for this weekend (July 17 and 18) by Public Health England as temperatures in London are expected to soar.

The long awaited summer is finally with us but, to butcher that Spiderman quote, with great heat comes great responsibility. 

Friday is already a roaster but it’s just going to keep climbing to 28C on Saturday, July 17 and 30C on Sunday, July 18.

The heatwave is expected to last until Tuesday (July 20) with PHE warning of ‘very real health risks’ for older people and young children. 

People less at risk are being asked to look out for their friends, family and neighbourhoods.

Other ways to stay safe when the heat arrives, according to PHE, are:

  • look out for those who may struggle to keep themselves cool and hydrated – older people, those with underlying conditions and those who live alone are particularly at risk
  • stay cool indoors – many of us may need to stay safe at home this summer, so know how to keep your home cool
  • close curtains on rooms that face the sun to keep indoor spaces cooler and remember it may be cooler outdoors than indoors
  • use cool spaces considerately if going outdoors, and wash your hands regularly
  • 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 wide-brimmed hat, if you have to go out in the heat
  • avoid physical exertion in the hottest parts of the day