Whitchurch is in for a warm and sunny weekend, which will be wonderful for events such as the Parish Fete.

However, the Met Office has issued a weather warning for the area, saying there is a 60% chance of temperatures over 30ºC (86ºF).

Most advice is commonsense, but heatwaves can be dangerous and some people may be more at risk than others.

The following is an extract from the NHS website:

  • Shut windows and pull down the shades when it is hotter outside. If it’s safe, open them for ventilation when it is cooler.
  • Avoid the heat: stay out of the sun and don’t go out between 11am and 3pm (the hottest part of the day) if you’re vulnerable to the effects of heat.
  • Keep rooms cool by using shades or reflective material outside the windows. If this isn’t possible, use light-coloured curtains and keep them closed (metallic blinds and dark curtains can make the room hotter).
  • Have cool baths or showers, and splash yourself with cool water.
  • Drink cold drinks regularly, such as water and fruit juice. Avoid tea, coffee and alcohol.
  • Stay tuned to the weather forecast on the radio or TV, or at the Met Office website.
  • Plan ahead to make sure you have enough supplies, such as food, water and any medications you need.
  • Identify the coolest room in the house so you know where to go to keep cool.
  • Wear loose, cool clothing, and a hat if you go outdoors.
  • Check up on friends, relatives and neighbours who may be less able to look after themselves.

We advise you visit the NHS site for full details.

NHS CHOICES: Heatwave – be prepared.

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