Oxford’s hot weather comes with Met Office health warning

Oxford’s hot weather comes with Met Office health warning

Oxford’s hot weather comes with Met Office health warning

Health warning issued with this weekend's heatwave

Health warning issued with this weekend’s heatwave

OXFORD braces for scorching temperatures this weekend as the sunny weather is set to return with highs of 30 degrees and a health warning.

The hot summer weekend comes with a price as the Met Office has issued an ‘Amber’ level three warning urging people to take ‘heatwave action’.

Public Health England said older people, those with underlying health conditions, and very young children were all more at risk from the higher temperatures.

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Oxfordshire county council has also urged residents to take care while enjoying the sunshine and has issued some top tips for the glorious hot weather.

  • Seek shade and try and stay out of the sun between 11am and 3pm, when UV exposure is at its strongest.
  • Wear UV sunglasses, a hat or light scarf, loose, light clothing, and apply a sunscreen with a minimum SPF of 15 – ideally higher.
  • Drink lots of water and try to avoid caffeine, fizzy drinks or alcohol.
  • Keep an eye out for vulnerable groups like older people, very young children, or those with serious illnesses, who may be vulnerable in very hot conditions.
  • Never leave anyone in a closed, parked vehicle, especially infants, young children or animals
  • Keep your bedroom and living space cool by closing the curtains on windows that receive the sun, and opening windows at coolers times of the day – and at night – where you can.
  • Turn off all non-essential lights and electrical items so as not to generate excess heat.

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Oxfordshire county council consultant in public health, Dr Eunan O’Neill said: “Most of us look forward to enjoying the sunshine, but for some people it can bring some real health risks. It’s easy to stay safe in the sun by staying hydrated, avoiding sunburn, and staying out of the sun during the hottest times of the day.

“It is also critical that we ensure that we all continue to adhere to Covid-19 guidance at all times – wearing a mask in enclosed public spaces, washing our hands regularly, and maintaining social distancing”

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