What are the risks for Lancashire?
Lancashire is a fantastic place to be when the weather is warm. The county is blessed with huge stretches of coastline, rolling countryside and rivers, along with a wealth of attractions and open spaces to enjoy when the sun comes out. But enjoying the outdoors can pose a risk when temperatures soar and as climate change progresses, so the likelihood of experiencing very high summer temperatures across Lancashire increases.
Whilst everyone looks forward to the sunshine after a cold, wet and windy Lancashire winter, high temperatures can be deadly for some. It is therefore vital to be well prepared and take care during hot weather.
How could this affect me?
Potential impact and consequences
Extreme heat can be dangerous if you're elderly, very young or have an existing health problem. During a heatwave, where temperatures remain abnormally high for longer than a couple of days, the number of deaths and cases of serious illness rise.
High temperatures can lead to respiratory problems, dehydration, heat exhaustion, sunburn, often resulting in emergency medical treatment and hospitalisation. Travelling can be uncomfortable, particularly when vehicles are stationary and engines overheat, and roads and pathways may melt. Heatwaves can also lead to power cuts and water shortage.
What to do if there’s a heatwave
Stay informed – look at the weather forecast and check warnings from the Met Office to find out the risk for your area.
Keep an eye on the temperature – the trigger for a heat health alert in the North West is 30°C on successive days and an intervening night temperature no lower than 15C.
Be aware of the signs of heat-related illness.
Ensure you have enough drinking water, food and medicine to avoid having to go out.
Fill spray bottles with cool water to use on your face and body.
Check fridges, freezers, fans and air-conditioners are working properly.
Insulate your home to keep it cool in summer and warm in winter.
Keep electronic devices such mobile phones and laptops fully charged in case of a power cut.
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