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Public Health England issue advice for heatwave in Newark today

With hot weather arriving today (Friday, August 7), Public Health England (PHE) has issued advice for staying safe.

The Met Office has said that temperatures in Newark are expected to reach highs of 30C.

Along with hot weather in the day, it is expected to stay warm and humid overnight with temperatures remaining at about 20C.

Friday (July 31) is set to be the hottest day of 2020 so far
Friday (July 31) is set to be the hottest day of 2020 so far

The spell of hot weather is expected to continue into next week.

Ishani Kar-Purkayastha, consultant in Public Health at PHE, said: "Many of us welcome warmer weather, but some people may find it more difficult to cope.

"People recovering from Covid-19 at home, those who are self-isolating, older people and people with underlying health conditions are all more vulnerable during hot weather.

"This summer, many of us are spending more time at home due to Covid-19.

"A lot of homes can overheat, so it’s important we continue to check on older people and those with underlying health conditions, particularly if they’re living alone and may be socially isolated."

Ishani added that the most important advice is to people - especially those who are vulnerable - stay hydrated, keep cool and know how to keep their homes cool.

The Government has issued the following advice on how to enjoy the sun while staying safe:

  • Drink plenty of fluids and avoid excess alcohol.
  • Stay safe indoors by opening windows when the air feels cooler outside than inside, shade or cover windows exposed to direct sunlight and move to a cooler part of the house
  • Slow down when it’s hot and plan any strenuous activities - such as exercise and gardening - outside the hottest time of the day
  • Cool skin with water using a cool wet sponge or flannel, cool water spray and cold packs around the neck and armpits
  • Stay connected and up to date with the weather forecast
  • Dress appropriately for the weather – wear a hat and light, loose cotton clothes
  • Apply sunscreen and monitor the real-time UV index
  • Eat salads and fruit as they contain more water so can help keep you hydrated

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