Readers of this blog in the UK may have noticed that it is a little warm at the moment.
Indeed, the Met office has issued it's first ever Red warning of danger caused by hot weather in some parts of the country, with an Amber warning for the rest of the UK including the North West.
Everyone is advised to take care at the moment - drink plenty of water and other fluids, do not expose yourself needlessly to direct sunlight for any length of time, think carefully about whether you need to travel.
The government has set out a plan of action being taken to mitigate the effects of the record-breaking heatwave – including increasing ambulance and 999 capacity.
- This is the first time in its history that the Met Office has issued a red warning for extreme heat – which means the heat poses a danger to all of us, but especially to those at particular risk.
- That is why the government has organised a meeting with ambulance trusts to ensure that they have more call handlers, more paramedics on duty and that the NHS 111 and 999 phone lines also have more resources to deal with increased demand.
- The best thing the public can do is take sensible steps like prioritising water, shade and cover – as well as looking out for their neighbours and others who might be vulnerable to the heat.