Heat Warning

Cumbria County Council is warning residents to take care as an amber weather warning for extreme heat has been issued this weekend.

The warning is expected to remain in place across the county throughout Sunday 17 July and continue until Tuesday 19 July as the nation’s heatwave continues.

The hot spell, likely peaking early next week, may lead to widespread impacts on people and infrastructure – with temperatures expected to exceed 30oC.

Claire King, Public Health Consultant for Cumbria County Council, said: ‘Most of us welcome hot weather, and we want everyone to enjoy it, but when it’s too hot for too long, there are health risks.

‘The main risks to health during a heatwave are not drinking enough water, overheating (which can make symptoms worse for people with heart or breathing problems) and heat exhaustion and heat stroke.

‘Make sure you stay hydrated, don’t stay in the sun for too long and look out for people who may be vulnerable during the hot weather such as older relatives or neighbours.

‘In England, there are on average 2000 heat related deaths every year. So, please follow the advice and make sure it does not harm you or anyone you know.’

If you or someone else feels unwell with a high temperature during hot weather, it may be heat exhaustion or heatstroke. Find out about the signs of heat exhaustion and heatstroke, and when to get help.

Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service has also been reminding people about the dangers of spending time near water as people look to cool down during periods of hot weather.

Group Manager Angela Opie, Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service’s Prevention Lead, said:

‘We want people to enjoy spending time in and around water safely. In Cumbria, we carried out more than 200 water rescues between 2015 and 2020, which sadly included 8 fatalities. And in 2021 alone, there were 3 water-related fatalities in Cumbria.

‘This is because they were unaware of the risks and unprepared for the scenario of ending up in the water. By highlighting this issue and making sure simple safety messages reach our communities, we hope to reduce the number of these preventable deaths.’

Stay safe this Summer by following Cumbria FRS’s water safety advice:

  • If you are spending time near water, make sure you know what to do if you happened to fall in. Remember Float to Live. The advice is not to panic, float on your back and then either call for help or swim to safety.
  • If you’ve consumed alcohol, do not enter the water, and avoid walking on routes near water.
  • Never enter the water to try and help a person or animal – always call 999 and use any water rescue equipment if it is available.
  • If you are spending time near water whether at home or abroad, make sure you are familiar with local safety information and that children are always fully and actively supervised.

For advice about hot to stay safe in hot weather, visit the NHS website.