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Kent weather: Heatwave warning issued for young children and elderly residents across county

PUBLISHED: 15:10 15 June 2017 | UPDATED: 15:10 15 June 2017

A heatwave is expected to hit Kent this weekend

A heatwave is expected to hit Kent this weekend

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The level two alert has been triggered by a Met Office forecast of a 70 per cent chance of temperatures reaching heatwave conditions over the weekend

Young children and the elderly are being warned to to take extra care over the coming days with a heatwave expected to hit Kent.

The level two alert has been triggered by a Met Office forecast of a 70 per cent chance of temperatures reaching heatwave conditions over the weekend and into Monday.

As most heat-related deaths occur in the first two days, this is an important stage at which to make sure people are ready – and swift action can be taken to reduce harm from a potential heatwave.

Health and social care workers have already identified the people they care for who are most at risk and made plans to protect them if the heatwave happens.

Now that a heatwave is forecast, staff will be checking on vulnerable people and making sure steps are taken to protect them.

Kent County Council is also supporting the NHS campaign ‘Cover Up, Mate’ which aims to encourage men who work outdoors, such as farmers, builders, gardeners and sportsmen, to take a safer approach to the sun in summer in order to help reduce the incidence of skin cancer; the incidence of skin cancer in men is increasing at a faster rate than it is for women.

Key advice in hot weather includes planning ahead to ensure you have enough supplies, avoiding going out between 11am and 3pm if vulnerable to the effects of heat, drinking cold drinks regularly, never leaving anyone in a closed, parked vehicle and shutting windows and pulling down the shades when it is hotter outside.

Using shades or reflective material outside windows can help keep rooms cool, while chiefs also advise splashing yourself with cool water, staying tuned to weather forecasts and wearing loose, cool clothing and a hat, as well as UV sunglasses to reduce UV exposure to the eyes, and a sunscreen of at least SPF15 with UVA protection.

KCC director for public health, Andrew Scott-Clark, said: “We’re not wanting to spoil anyone’s fun in the sun but sadly figures do show a huge increase in A&E attendances during spells of hot weather.

“We know most people do take sensible precautions so we just want to remind them to help out those vulnerable friends, family and neighbours – those who may be less able to look after themselves – and make sure they have enough supplies, such as food, water and any medications they need.”

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