Our heat health watch is designed to help you and the health care industry manage through periods of extreme temperature. They act as an early warning system so you can prepare and reduce the effects of extreme weather conditions on you and your patient's health.
Heatwaves can be dangerous, especially for the very young, the elderly or those with a chronic disease. Prolonged exposure to very high temperatures can mean the body is unable to reduce its own temperature, causing dehydration and heatstroke, which can be fatal. In particular, hot temperatures overnight make it difficult for the body to cool.
Our Hot Weather Alert Service operates in England and Wales from 1 June to 15 September each year, in association with the Department of Health and Welsh Assembly.
The Met Office forecasts day-time and night-time maximum temperatures, which are monitored regionally. When certain heat thresholds are passed, a warning is issued and sent to relevant health professionals and people working in social care as well as displayed on our website. This enables health professionals to take action to minimise the impact of the heat on peoples' health.
For more information please contact our Health Team.
Last updated: 25 February 2013