Advice issued ahead of more soaring temperatures

Date published: 24 July 2019

With temperatures set to get even hotter tomorrow (Thursday), Highways England are issuing advice to drivers and St John Ambulance is sharing some simple, but potentially life-saving first aid tips to help keep communities safe in the sun.

Forecasts show temperatures are expected to continue to climb, and could reach record-breaking levels by tomorrow, with 35°C in Oldham and Rochdale possible.

There are a number of steps drivers can take to deal with the hot conditions, and Highways England advise us to:

* Take a bottle of water with you before setting out to ensure you stay hydrated;

* Plan and leave plenty of time for journeys;

* Check the weather forecast for your destination;

* Check travel conditions before setting out and, where it is safe to do so, during journeys;

* Ensure you and your cars are fit for the journey.

Highways England resilience manager Helen Cook said: “Safety is our top priority and we want all drivers to safely reach their destinations during the expected heatwave.

"I would urge people to prepare for their journey by stocking up on water, checking their vehicles and assessing travel conditions before they set off.”

Meanwhile, knowing how to spot the symptoms of and treat common heat-related conditions such as fainting, sunburn and dehydration can be vital to help people look after themselves and others, as well as helping to prevent avoidable trips to hospital at a time when NHS resources may already be under additional pressure.

Dr Lynn Thomas, Medical Director at St John Ambulance, said: “Extreme heat can be very dangerous, particularly for the very young and old, and we would encourage everyone to check on their elderly relatives and neighbours and look after themselves this week by keeping out of the sun or covering up, wearing sunscreen and drinking plenty of water.

“Heat exhaustion and heatstroke are two of the most serious problems that can develop when the mercury soars but by being prepared you can spot the early warning signs, such as headache and dizziness.

“Knowing what action to take, could mean you might be the difference between life and death in an emergency in your community.”

Volunteers from St John will be out and about, keeping communities safe in the heat at hundreds of events across the country this week as the school holidays begin.

One of the most common conditions treated by St John volunteers when the sun is shining is dehydration, which can be avoided by keeping topped up with small sips of water throughout the day and taking breaks from the sun wherever possible.

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