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The Met office has issued a Level 2 heat heatwave alert as it predicts London and South East may experience 'heatwave' conditions between 8am on Friday 18 July and 8am on Sunday 20 July 2014. Level 2 alerts are triggered as soon as the Met Office forecasts that there is a 60% chance of temperatures being high enough on at least two consecutive days to have a significant effect on health.

People are advised to keep safe in the sun, seek shade to cool down and keep hydrated with plenty of cool fluids.

Top advice for being sun safe:

  • try to keep out of direct sun
  • wear sunscreen
  • wear loose cotton clothing
  • drink lots of cool drinks (especially when travelling on public transport)
  • seek shade
  • wear sunglasses and a hat
  • look out for others especially vulnerable groups such as the elderly, young children and babies and those with serious illnesses
  • never leave anyone in a closed, parked vehicle, especially infants, young children or animals.

Julie Sobrattee, Chief Nurse, Richmond Clinical Commissioning Group said:  "As the temperature rises, people should take extra steps to keep cool.  Whilst many of us enjoy the sun, it is important to also keep safe when the temperature rises. Extreme heat can be unsafe especially for vulnerable people such as babies and young children, elderly people and those with illnesses.  Avoid being in the sun for long periods of time and take plenty of fluids. It is particularly important for elderly people to stay cool onsuccessive hot days. Look out for vulnerable people and stay safe in the sun."

Remember that it can get uncomfortably hot indoors too. Try to keep your bedroom and living space cool, by closing the curtains on windows that receive the sun and opening your windows at cooler times of the day and overnight when you can. Turn off non-essential lights and electrical items as these generate heat.