Extreme heat and heatwaves

Health advice

Health guidance for coping with a heatwave is available on the NHS Choices Summer Health website. Help the Aged also provide tips on staying cool in a heatwave.

Heat Health Watch

The Met Office runs a Heat Health Watch from 1 June to 15 September each year in association with Public Health England.  The scheme has four levels:

  • Level 1 Awareness
  • Level 2 Alert
  • Level 3 Heatwave
  • Level 4 Emergency

The levels are based upon threshold maximum daytime and minimum night time temperatures that could have an effect on health if reached for two consecutive days and the night in between.

Heatwave Plan for England

Public Health England has published the Heatwave Plan for England which is intended to protect the population from heat related harm to health.