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Heatwave

Severe heatwaves are relatively uncommon in England.  However, the experience across Northwest Europe in 2003 when 27,000 people died as a direct cause of extreme temperatures, is a reminder that heat can be fatal. In case of a heatwave, make sure you look after your own health and that of your family. It is not just children who need special attention; be aware that elderly people are also at risk, and make sure they are being checked on.

Keep out of the heat

Stay cool

Drink regularly

Seek advice

Health Heat Watch System

A Heat Health Watch System operates in England and Wales from 1 June to 15 September each year in association with the Department of Health and the Welsh Assembly.  The Heat-Health Watch system comprises four levels of response based upon threshold maximum daytime and minimum night-time temperatures. These thresholds vary by region.  For the West Midlands region the threshold temperature is 30 °C by day and 15 °C overnight.

Each year Public Health England review and update their national planning arrangements and associated guidance to ensure it remains current and in advance of the ‘Heat-Health Watch’ system.  Met Office forecasts will trigger levels of response from the Department of Health, Birmingham City Council and other bodies.  The plan sets out what needs to happen before and during a severe heatwave in England and includes specific measures to protect at-risk groups.  This national plan is then used as a basis for local planning arrangements.

For information about the Heat Health Watch System visits:

Our Severe Weather Warning pages

Public Health England, Heatwave Plan for England

People worried about their health during the heatwave are advised to talk to their GP, pharmacist, or visit the website: www.nhs.uk