If a heatwave hits next summer, make sure you are prepared and able to protect those most vulnerable.

The main risks posed by a heatwave are:

  • not having enough water (dehydration)
  • overheating, which can make symptoms worse for people who already have problems with their heart or breathing
  • heat exhaustion and heatstroke

The Heatwave Plan aims to prepare for, alert people to, and prevent, the major avoidable effects on health during periods of severe heat. It recommends a series of steps to reduce the risks to health from prolonged exposure to severe heat.

For more guidance visit Hot weather and health: guidance and advice.

Last reviewed: July 28, 2023 by William

Next review due: January 28, 2024

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