Walsall residents are being encouraged to stay well and take precautions, with hot weather predicted this week.
The Met Office, in conjunction with the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA), has issued a Level 3 – Heatwave alert for the West Midlands. Temperatures will build day on day between Tuesday 9 August and Saturday 13 August.
Stephen Gunther, Director of Public Health said:
“With much warmer weather predicted this week, it is important that we look after each other as well as ourselves. Keep an eye on older people, those with underlying health conditions and younger children who may need help to keep cool. Close curtains on rooms that face the sun to keep indoor spaces cool. If you are able, ask if your friends, family or neighbours need any support.
“Protect yourself from the sun during the hottest hours of the day, usually between 11:00am and 3:00pm. If you plan to go outside in the heat, keep cool, apply sun cream, wear a hat and drink plenty of water to stay hydrated. Cars can get hot, so never leave infants, young children or animals inside a parked vehicle.
“If you or others feel unwell, get dizzy, weak or have intense thirst move to a cool place, rehydrate and cool your body down. Call NHS 111 if you need advice. In an emergency dial 999.
“During this period, keeping up to date with the weather forecast and taking these simple steps can make a difference to enjoy the weather safely.”