alert issued for Burnham-On-Sea area as temperatures soar
Met Office has issued a heatwave alert for the south west, including
the Burnham-On-Sea area, triggered by forecasts of up to 30C.
say there is a 60 per cent chance of the heatwave in our region,
with the highest temperatures of over 30C expected today (Saturday)
are warning of 'significant' health effects for specific vulnerable
groups, with Public Health England advising them to stay out of
the sun and drink cool fluids.
warning is designed to protect people, such as young children,
the very old and those who are unwell, from the effects of hot
maximum temperature in Burnham was 29.4C (84.9F) which is currently
the hottest day of the year in the town. The record in recent
years was 30.8C set in July 2009.
residents have this week been urged to keep an eye out for elderly
or frail people who may be struggling to cope in the heatwave.
County Council is asking neighbours, friends and relatives to
keep an eye out for anyone who may need help maintaining their
health as the temperatures soar.
County Council's health and well-being cabinet member Christine
Lawrence, said: "Intense heat can be as perilous to health
as the cold, with the effects of dehydration or heatstroke being
severe and the symptoms often coming on very quickly."
sure someone is keeping their home cool, drinking plenty of water
and not having to do any strenuous activity in the heat will go
a long way to keeping them healthy."