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Public Health Warning Over Heatwave Conditions

Jersey's Director of Public Health is urging islanders to look out for those who will be most at risk during the increasingly hot weather.

There is particular concern for babies, young children and the elderly, with temperatures forecast to reach the mid or high 30s on Sunday and Monday.

Jersey Met is currently predicting it to reach 35°C on Sunday (17 July).  There is the potential for the temperature to exceed previous July and all-time records.

The hottest temperature ever recorded in Jersey is 36.0°C.

Professor Peter Bradley wants islanders to check up on others:

"With temperatures set to rise in the coming days, it is vital that Islanders, especially those at risk, take the necessary precautions when out and about. Those at greatest risk include elderly people, babies, and young children as well as those with a serious chronic condition such as heart or breathing problems. I urge Islanders to follow this advice and to check up on friends, relatives, and neighbours who may be less able to look after themselves."

Last week Jersey Met warned the island could experience official heatwave conditions and also enter a drought by the end of the month.

Night-temperatures might not fall below 20°C during the hottest period.

“Often, we focus on the daytime temperatures, but it is at night that we get an opportunity to recover from a hot day. With night-time temperatures forecast to be so high we are not able to do so easily. It’s important to think about how we cope with extreme heat, how we keep ourselves and those around us, including pets, and our houses cool. We should consider the activities we do, or perhaps don’t do, during this period of hot weather.” - Paul Aked, Head of Meteorology.

Public Health advice for coping with the hot weather:

· Shut windows, shades, blinds, or curtains to keep your rooms as cool as possible.

· If possible, stay out of the sun for long periods and avoid the hottest part of the day, which could be later in the afternoon.

· Wear sunscreen and hats when outside.

· Have cool baths or showers.

· Drink plenty of water. Avoid tea, coffee, and alcohol.

· Wear loose, cool clothing.

· Help those who are likely to struggle in the heat

· Ensure that babies, young children, and pets are not locked into vehicles.

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