Heatwave: Level Two Alert
The Met Office raises a level two alert if a heatwave
is imminent. This means there is a high chance that temperatures
over the next few days could pose significant health risks. Read
tips on how to cope in hot weather.
High temperatures can be dangerous, especially for:
- the elderly
- the very young
- people with chronic or long-term medical conditions
In a level two alert, you don't need to take immediate
action. If the level of alert is raised, more information will be
Heatwave: level three alert).
If a level two alert is issued, take the following steps in
- Stay tuned to the weather forecast on the TV or radio.
- If you're planning to travel, check the forecast at your
- Plan ahead: stock up with supplies so that you don't need to go
out during extreme heat, and think about what medicines, food and
non-alcoholic drinks you'll need.
- Keep plenty of water to hand and stay in the shade whenever
- Identify the coolest room in the house, so you can go there to
- Enjoy the weather, but try to stay cool.
- Don't go outside between 11am and 3pm, as this is the
hottest part of the day.
- Spend time in the shade and avoid strenuous activity.
- Help others: check up on neighbours, relatives and friends who
may be less able to look after themselves (for example, if they
have mobility problems).
- Drink water or fruit juice regularly.
- Avoid tea, coffee and alcohol, and if you do drink alcohol make
sure you have lots of water or other non-alcoholic drinks as
- Keep rooms cool by using shade or reflective material external
to the glass; if this isn't possible, close light-coloured
curtains (metallic blinds and dark curtains can make the room
- Keep the windows closed while the room is cooler than it is
outside and, if it's safe, open windows at night when the air is
- People with heart problems, breathing difficulties or serious
illnesses may find their symptoms become worse in hot weather, so
make sure you have enough medicines in stock and take extra care to
Heat exhaustion and heatstroke
Heat exhaustion can happen to anyone in hot weather, and if it
isn't treated can lead to heatstroke, which can be
dangerous and even fatal.
If you or anyone else feels unwell, drink water and go
somewhere cool to rest. If symptoms such as breathlessness, chest
pain, confusion, dizziness, weakness or cramps get worse or don't
go away, seek medical help. Read more about
heat exhaustion and heatstroke.
Care homes and hospitals
If you run a care home or hospital, this is what to do during
alert level two:
- Monitor indoor temperatures four times a day.
- Prepare cool areas.
- Have enough staff working to help keep residents and patients
- Identify high-risk residents/patients.
- Make sure everyone has access to enough cold water and