Heat Health Alert for vulnerable Kent Residents

Black writing over a yellow background says Heat-Health Alert

With hotter temperatures forecast, a yellow Heat Health Alert has been issued for the South East, including Kent.

The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) and the Met Office guidance, will apply from midday Friday (7th July) until 9am Sunday morning (9th July).

A yellow Heat-Health Alert means a rise in risk to health for individuals over 65 or anyone with pre-existing conditions - as the human body has to work harder in hot weather to regulate temperature; it also signals a likely increase in the use of health care services by vulnerable people - who are most likely to be affected as thermometers rise.

Given this, residents are asked to check in on vulnerable families, friends and neighbours to make sure they keep safe and well.

The latest update follows a run of yellow and amber Heat-Health Alerts issued under UKHSA's new Weather-Health Alerting System for recent spells of hot weather across many parts of England.

Headshot of Anjan Ghosh, KCC Director of Public Health

Residents are urged to continue checking in on the very young, elderly and those with health conditions

Dr Anjan Ghosh Kent County Council Director of Public Health

Kent County Council (KCC) Director of Public Health, Dr Anjan Ghosh, said: “With more hot weather forecast, residents are urged to continue checking in on the very young, elderly and those with health conditions, such as respiratory and cardiovascular diseases, who are particularly vulnerable to the effects of higher temperatures.

“Other simple steps to stay safe include wearing sunscreen, UV glasses and loose, comfortable clothing.

"If you need to drive always carry water, food and any medications you need in your car, and follow local safety advice when going into the water to cool down.”

Headshot of Dr Ash Peshen

However much we might like the sun, we know that it can have detrimental effects on our health

Dr Ash Peshen NHS Kent and Medway's Deputy Chief Medical Officer

Dr Ash Peshen, Deputy Chief Medical Officer at NHS Kent and Medway, said: “However much we might like the sun, we know that it can have detrimental effects on our health, especially for the young, our elderly residents and those who are most vulnerable.

“By taking simple precautions, such as staying hydrated and finding shade during the hottest parts of the day, you can significantly reduce the risk of becoming ill and needing the services of the NHS.

“Please also do check in on your vulnerable neighbours, families and friends to make sure they are aware of the forecast and following the necessary advice.”

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Drinking water helps lower your body temperature and replace the fluid you lose through sweating

Other key tips to stay well in hot weather include:

  • Drinking plenty of fluids like water and limiting how much alcohol you consume
  • Closing the curtains on rooms that face the sun to keep indoor spaces cooler
  • Making sure you have supplies of any medicines you have to take, to avoid needing to go out in the heat of the day
  • Never leaving anyone, particularly babies, young children, and the elderly, and also animals, in a closed, parked vehicle, and
  • Following local safety advice when going into the water to cool down.
Keep cool in Kent written in blue 'bubble' text over a yellow sun

Opening windows at night once the temperature has dropped, rather than in the heat of the day, can help keep your house cooler

Should you become unwell, unless it is an emergency, please remember to use 111 as your first point of contact for medical support. By phoning 111 or visiting 111.nhs.uk, you will be directed to the right service for you. In an emergency, always call 999.

You can also visit Kent and Medway Integrated Care System’s website –https://www.stopthinkchoose.co.uk – which lists local services, such as pharmacies and urgent treatment centres.


The NHS website – www.nhs.uk – has advice about staying safe in hot weather.

Visit nhs.uk for information about the common signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heatstroke.

The Met Office has tips on how to plan for the heat.

Find out about KCC's work to protect Kent communities during a heatwave on kent.gov.

Sign up for UKHSA Weather Health Alerts and specify what region you would like to receive alerts for.

Read the UKHSA blog on staying safe during periods of extreme weather.