The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) and the Met Office have issued a stern weather warning to seven regions of England including the East Midlands and Nottingham in particular.
The alert is currently in place from 09:00 am on Friday June 23, to 09:00 am on Monday June 26, 2023.
East Midlands and Nottingham have been placed on a yellow weather warning because high temperatures are predicted in the area during the specified time.
According to the UKHSA, a yellow alert means that any impacts include the increased use of health care services by vulnerable populations and an increase in risk to health for individuals over the age of 65 or those with pre-existing health conditions, including respiratory and cardiovascular diseases.
Dr Agostinho Sousa, Head of Extreme Events and Health Protection at UKHSA, said: “In the coming days we are likely to experience our first sustained period of hot weather of the year so far, so it’s important that everyone ensures they keep hydrated and cool while enjoying the sun.
“Forecasted temperatures this week will primarily impact those over the age of 65 or those with pre-existing health conditions such as respiratory and cardiovascular diseases.”
Added Dr Agostinho Sousa: “If you have friends, family or neighbours who you know are more vulnerable to the effects of hot weather, it is important you check in on them and ensure they are aware of the forecasts and are following the necessary advice.”
He further said that there is also the potential for indoor environments, including health and care settings, to become very warm.
The warning comes as temperatures are predicted to rise during the day starting on Friday and as it gets warmer and more humid at night.
The East Midlands, Southeast, East of England, and London are anticipated to see the warmest temperatures.
This will spread across more regions on Saturday, but the far Northeast and northwest will see clouds and possible rain.
The warning issued reads: “Minor impacts are probable across the health and social care sector, including increased use of health care services by the vulnerable population; increase in risk of mortality amongst vulnerable individuals and increased potential for indoor environments to become very warm. But not expected.”
Nottingham is forecast to reach highs of 24C on Friday, followed by 26C on Saturday and Sunday before dropping to 21C on Monday. During these days the weather is forecast to consist of many sunny intervals, with temperatures staying above 14C across the entire four-day period.
“If you have friends, family or neighbours who you know are more vulnerable to the effects of hot weather, it is important you check in on them.”Dr Agostinho Sousa
Head of Extreme Events and Health Protection at UKHSA