Yellow Heat Health Alert for the South east
Published: 04 September 2023
You’re probably unsurprised to hear that the Met Office has just issued a YELLOW Heat Health Alert for the South East, starting at 2pm today (4 Sept) until 9pm this Sunday (10th).
Yellow alerts are issued when the level of heat is likely to impact those particularly vulnerable, such as the elderly with multiple health conditions and on multiple medications. This is because they’re likely to struggle coping due to the increased potential for indoor environments to become very warm.
This also means that minor impacts are probable across the health and social care sector, including:
- Increased use of healthcare services by the vulnerable population
- Increased risk of mortality among vulnerable individuals
- Increased potential for indoor environments to become very warm
Below are some key resources you may find useful:
· Beat the heat: staying safe in hot weather - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)
· Hot weather and health: supporting vulnerable people - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)
Specific guidance for your setting or sector
· Heat-Health Alert action card for the voluntary and community sector - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)
· Heat-Health Alert action card for commissioners - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)
· Heat-Health Alert action card for providers - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)