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UK Health Safety Agency issues heat and health alert

The UK Health Safety Agency issues a heat and health alert. Image: UKHSA

The UK Health Safety Agency’s (UKHSA) Heat Health Alert Service is designed to help healthcare professionals manage periods of extreme temperatures.

The service acts as an early warning system for periods of high temperatures that may affect public health.

The alert will be in place from Tuesday August 9 at noon until Saturday August 13 at 6 p.m. for all areas of England, the UK government confirmed on Monday August 8.

Temperatures are unlikely to reach the record highs of the last heat wave but are expected to rise throughout the week, potentially reaching 30 degrees Celsius on Friday and Saturday in the South East, London, South West and East . and the West Midlands.

Dr Agostinho Sousa, head of extreme events and health protection at the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA), said: “Temperatures will be very hot again this week, particularly in the south and central from the country.”

“We want everyone to enjoy the warm weather safely when it arrives, but remember the heat can have a rapid impact on health.”

“It is important to ensure that the most vulnerable, older people who live alone and people with underlying health conditions, are prepared for the hot weather.”

“The most important tip is to make sure they stay hydrated, stay cool and take steps to prevent their home from overheating.”

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