The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) and the Met Office have jointly issued an amber heat-health alert (HHA) for eight regions in England, including London. The alert is active from 12 noon on Tuesday until 9 pm on Sunday, affecting London, the South East, South West, North West, East Midlands, West Midlands, East of England, Yorkshire, and the Humber, according to a UKHSA statement.
The amber alert signifies that the heat is likely to have a broad impact on the healthcare system. This warning comes in light of forecasted temperatures expected to surpass 30°C (86°F), as per the country’s meteorological department. The UKHSA warns that such temperatures could particularly affect individuals over 65 or those with pre-existing health conditions like respiratory and cardiovascular diseases.
Agostinho Sousa, head of Extreme Events and Health Protection at UKHSA, advised the public to take reasonable precautions while enjoying the warm weather. “We recommend checking in on older family members, friends, or neighbors, especially those with heart or lung conditions,” Sousa noted.
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