With temperatures in the South hotter than Barbados today and tomorrow - the Met Office has issued a Level Two Heatwave Alert. It's triggered when hot temperatures over 48-hours can pose a health risk. Experts are advising us to stay indoors and look after the very young and elderly - making sure they have enough food, water and any medications they need.
Health and social care workers have already identified the people they care for who are most at risk and made plans to protect them if the heatwave happens. Now that a heatwave is forecast, staff will be checking on vulnerable people and making sure steps are taken to protect them.
Kent County Council Director for Public Health, Andrew Scott-Clark, said: "When it is hot outside, it is not just about vulnerable people being ready - it is also about families and communities looking out for each other. There is lots of good advice out there and this is a time of year when friends, neighbours and families can make an important difference by rallying round and taking time to care for each other."
Key advice in hot weather includes:
· Plan ahead to make sure you have enough supplies, such as water, food and any medications you need.
· 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.
· Drink cold drinks regularly, such as water and fruit juice. Avoid tea, coffee and alcohol.
· 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.
Dr Faiza Khan, Consultant in Public Health, said: "Heat exhaustion can happen to anyone in hot weather and if it isn't treated it can lead to heatstroke, which can be dangerous and even fatal. If you or anyone else feels unwell, drink water and go somewhere cool to rest. If symptoms such as breathlessness, chest pain, confusion, dizziness, weakness or cramps get worse or don't go away, it is important to seek medical help."
A driver says she is 'amazed' after being given a fine and points for eating a banana in traffic.
Elsa Harris, a carer from Christchurch in Dorset, says she was pulled over after she finished peeling a banana. She was given a £100 fine and the option of a driver awareness course or 3 points.
She says the banana had already been mostly peeled before she got into the car. Elsa has complained to the police over the handling of the incident.
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A heatwave alert has been issued to warn that temperatures this week may reach potentially dangerous levels.
The Met Office has forecast a 60 per cent chance oftemperatures being high enough on at least two consecutive days to have significant effect on health.
Most heat-related deaths occur in the first two days of a heatwave
The recommendation from the Airports Commission on whether a new runway should be built at Heathrow or Gatwick will be published on Wednesday, sources have confirmed.
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The Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA) has issued the following advice to holidaymakers caught up in the Tunisian terror attack.
In a statement it said: "We continue to liaise with our Members, the Tunisian Authorities and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office concerning the welfare of holidaymakers in Tunisia and the most appropriate actions to take.
"The first priority is the welfare of holidaymakers in the hotels affected by this terrible incident and extra flights have been put on to help people return home.
"Holidaymakers elsewhere in Tunisia are advised to contact their tour operator and follow any instructions issued by local authorities.
"Many of our Members who have operations in Tunisia are offering customers the option to amend or cancel their bookings.
"Customers due to travel out in the next two days are advised to contact their tour operator for their options.
"Those due to travel after this are advised to wait for further information as phone lines are likely to be very busy.
"The Foreign Office has set up an emergency number for friends and family of those who may have been affected: 020 7008 0000.
"We will continue to liaise with the appropriate authorities and update our advice accordingly."
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