Met Office Warning Of Extreme Heat July 2022

Thermometer showing outside temperature in the high 30 degrees Celsius on a bright sunny dayAn extreme heat warning has been issued for Monday 18 and Tuesday 19 July 2022

Temperatures are set to soar next week with an exceptional hot spell on Monday and Tuesday leading to widespread impacts on people and infrastructure.  The warning is in place from 00:00 on Monday 18 to 23:50 on Tuesday 19 July.

Few of us have air conditioning at home but there are ways to stay as cool as possible without air conditioning:-

  • Taking a cold shower or bath will lower your core temperature and help you feel more comfortable.
  • Use cold flannels on your neck and other pulse points to cool you down.
  • Use box fans to create a breeze in your home.
  • Get the cooler morning air flowing through your home if possible, but be sure to close your windows once the sun starts shining in and close your curtains and blinds to keep the air inside cooler than the extremes outside.
  • Sleep in breathable linens if you have them.
  • Close the doors of unused rooms in your home.
  • Stay hydrated by sipping cool water. Your body cools itself by sweating. If your body is suffering from the heat and needs to cool itself, it can't do that without enough moisture.
  • Use the exhaust fan in your kitchen and/or bathroom to pull hot air that rises if anyone is cooking at home, or plan ahead to eat a salad. Similarly having the fan on in your bathroom will draw out steam after you shower.
  • Oven heat can spread throughout your house. To mitigate this you could keep heat centralized in one area by using a slow cooker.
  • Treating yourself with an ice-cream or lolly will bring temporary relief from the heat. Just don’t overdo it on the sugar!

For more details on the warnings and the areas affected you can read the full BBC news article