Met Office issues Amber Warning for extreme heat in Northern Ireland
The Met Office have today issued a Amber Warning for extreme heat over the next few days in Northern Ireland.
The warning covers Wednesday 21, Thursday 22, and Friday 23 July and states: “Temperatures both by day and night will increase this week leading to public health impacts.”
What to expect
Adverse health effects are likely to be experienced by those vulnerable to extreme heat
The wider population are likely to experience some adverse health effects including sunburn or heat exhaustion (dehydration, nausea, fatigue) and other heat related illnesses
Ongoing pressures on water resources
An increased chance that some heat-sensitive systems and equipment may fail, leading to power cuts and the loss of other services to some homes and businesses
More people are likely to visit coastal areas, lakes and rivers leading to an increased risk of water safety incidents
Some delays to road, rail and air travel are possible, with potential for welfare issues for those who experience prolonged delays
High temperatures can be a risk to health, especially for those who are particularly vulnerable. It can cause sunburn or heat exhaustion (dehydration, nausea, fatigue) and other heat-related illnesses.
Heat can affect anyone, but some people are at greater risk of serious harm from the effects of extreme heat. It’s important to keep checking on those who are most vulnerable such as older people and those with health conditions.
You can take steps to protect yourself and others from the effects of very hot weather:
protect yourself from the sun https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/articles/protection-sun
More information and advice is available at:
Looking after yourself in very hot weather https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/articles/looking-after-yourself-very-hot-weather
The current hot weather is expected to continue until later this week, with daytime temperatures peaking on Wednesday and Thursday. High overnight temperatures are also expected before temperatures fall on Friday.