PEOPLE are being warned to stay safe and sensible in the sun in response to the Met Office, who have now raised their heatwave alert warning to Level 2.
The triggering of the plan means that there is a 60 per cent likelihood that high temperatures being reached in one or more regions on at least two consecutive days and nights.
The West Midlands, including Solihull, is expected to be one of the areas most affected, with daytime temperatures forecast to reach up to 30C (86F), while night-time lows of 15-18C (59-65F) are expected.
A corresponding rise in heat-related 999 calls is expected by the NHS, who are urging members of the public to take logical steps and follow advice to keep themselves safe in the sun.
Whilst many of us will enjoy the heatwave, everyone is vulnerable to the effects of a stronger sun and should exercise caution, although it affects especially the elderly and the young.
According to Dr Adrian Noon, Medical Advisor for the West Midlands Ambulance Service, the measures that should be taken are mostly common-sense, but should not be ignored.
He says: “Most of this information is common sense. During a period of prolonged high temperatures it’s important to look after those who are vulnerable....consider checking on elderly or vulnerable neighbours and keep in contact with relatives.”
“Stay out of the sun where possible between 11am and 3pm,” he continued, “and find the coolest room in your home to use during the daytime.
If you do need to venture out during the hottest part of the day, wear plenty of sun block, keep covered with cool, loose filling cotton clothing and drink plenty of clear fluids.”
Further advice on keeping safe in the sun can be found on www.nhsdirect.nhs.uk, or from your pharmacist.