Heatwave warnings

The Met Office has elevated the West Midlands from level 2 to level 3 on its heatwave weather warnings scale. The East Midlands and Yorkshire remain at level 2.

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Emergency services braced for wave of 999 calls

Heat warnings in place Credit: Federico Gambarini/DPA/Press Association Images

West Midlands Ambulance saw a massive increase in 999 calls last weekend due to the hot weather, and they're expecting the same this weekend. Last week they had more than 3000 calls.

East Midlands Ambulance Service says their calls are up 15% on what they would expect from an average day.

The Royal Derby Hospital have put their heatwave plan into action - that means cool rooms are available for 'high risk' patients, temperatures are measured four times a day, and extra water is on hand.

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Tips for the elderly keeping cool in the heat

The elderly and carers must take extra care in the heat, care home Anchor Trust advised today, as temperatures continue to soar.

Carl Martin, Wellbeing Manager at Anchor’s West Hall has issued the following advice in keeping cool in the heat:

  • In the heat, older people should drink plenty of fluids.
  • Stay away from tea, coffee and alcoholic drinks as these are dehydrating.
  • Eat foods that retain water, so plenty of fruit, vegetables and salad.
  • Older skin has less elasticity so can be more sensitive to the sun - they should use a once a day suncream that is photostable.
  • Sun hats and sunglasses are a necessity.
  • It is important to check in on elderly neighbours and friends in the heat.
  • Hot weather can be as dangerous as cold weather.
  • Enjoy the sun in moderation.

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Heatwave is here to stay Credit: Met Office

The Met Office say the West Midlands is likely to be the most affected by the heatwave over the next 24 hours.

They've increased their warning from level 2 to level 3. Level three means action needs to be taken by healthcare providers to target high-risk groups like the elderly.

The East Midlands remains on level 2 alert.

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