The Met Office has issued a level-two ‘heat health alert’ for people to take extra care on Friday, as well as the weekend (18-20 July).
Hot winds flowing from the continent are set to see thermometers soaring to the high 20s Celcius on Friday, even if skies are overcast, with a very humid night to follow. Heavy thunderstorms in some eastern areas on Saturday will lead to slightly lower maximum temperatures, but it will still be very humid.
The NHS clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) for Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland are asking people, especially patients with health conditions affected by heat, to take extra care to avoid heat exhaustion and dehydration.
NHS advice during a Met Office Level 2 heat health alert includes the following advises people to ‘enjoy the weather, but try to stay cool’. People are asked to think about the following suggestions.
Don't go outside between 11am and 3pm, as this is the hottest part of the day. Spend time in the shade and avoid strenuous activity.
People with heart problems, breathing difficulties or serious illnesses may find their symptoms become worse in hot weather, so make sure you have enough medicines in stock and take extra care to keep cool.
Help others, for instance, check up on neighbours, relatives and friends who may be less able to look after themselves, especially if they have mobility problems.
Drink water or fruit juice regularly. Avoid tea, coffee and alcohol, and if you do drink alcohol make sure you have lots of water or other non-alcoholic drinks as well
Keep rooms cool by using shade or reflective material external to the glass; if this isn't possible, close light-coloured curtains - metallic blinds and dark curtains can make the room hotter.
Keep the windows closed while the room is cooler than it is outside and, if it's safe, open windows at night when the air is cooler.
Further good advice is available for people on the NHS Choices website, which says a heatwave can affect anyone, but the most vulnerable people in extreme heat are the elderly, the very young and people with chronic health conditions.
To find out where to go for medical help in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland visit www.choosebetter.org.uk.