The Met Office has issued an amber warning for extreme heat that is set to affect southern Scotland early next week. The warning covers the period from Monday to Tuesday and includes the possibility of widespread impacts on people and infrastructure. The latest forecast is for temperatures to reach about 29C (84F) in parts of Dumfries and Galloway. This period of extreme heat could pose a significant risk to health, especially for those who are vulnerable or who are outdoors for extended periods of time. People are advised to drink plenty of fluids, stay out of the sun during the hottest part of the day, and to check on elderly or vulnerable friends and relatives. The Met Office will continue to monitor the situation and will provide updates as necessary.
On June 28, the Scottish government convened a meeting of key agencies to discuss preparations for possible impacts of extreme heat. Temperatures in Scotland are forecast to reach 86 degrees Fahrenheit later this week, which would be the highest recorded temperature in the country. The Met Office has issued a level 3 heat-health watch for parts of Scotland, and the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency has advised that air quality may reach levels that are unhealthy for vulnerable groups. In light of these forecasts, the Scottish government is taking steps to ensure that vulnerable people are protected from the effects of the heat. These measures include making sure that air conditioning is available in public buildings, issuing guidance on staying cool and hydrated, and providing advice on how to avoid heat-related illnesses. By taking these precautions, the Scottish government is working to ensure that everyone can enjoy the summer safely.
Severe high temperatures can be a risk to everyone’s health, not just those who are vulnerable. When the temperature outside is very hot, our bodies have to work harder to maintain a normal internal temperature. This puts extra strain on our cardiovascular and respiratory systems, which can lead to overheating and dehydration. If the temperature is high enough, it can also cause heatstroke, a potentially fatal condition characterized by a high body temperature and damage to the brain and other organs. It’s important to stay cool and hydrated during high temperatures, even if you’re healthy and fit. Drink plenty of fluids, avoid strenuous activity, and take breaks in cooler areas as often as possible. By taking precautions, you can help protect yourself from the dangers of extreme heat.
The Met Office has warned that people in Scotland are likely to experience “some adverse effects” from the heatwave conditions over the next few days. There is an increased chance of heat-sensitive systems and equipment failing and there could be travel issues. The highest temperature recorded in Scotland was 32.9C (91.2F) in the Borders in August 2003. However, the Met Office is forecasting that temperatures could reach as high as 33C (91.4F) in some parts of the country on Thursday and Friday. People are being advised to stay out of the sun during the hottest part of the day, to drink plenty of fluids and to wear loose, cool clothing. Those who are particularly vulnerable to the effects of heat, such as elderly people or those with chronic medical conditions, are being advised to take extra care.
On Tuesday, Larry said that the heatwave would be less extreme than in other areas, where temperatures in the high 30s are predicted. She added that England and Wales will experience fresher weather on Wednesday. The UK Health Security Agency has increased its heat health warning from level three to level four in affected areas, denoting a “national emergency”. The Met Office said the hot weather was caused by high pressure over the UK and hot air flowing from southern Europe.
People have being urged to stay hydrated, look out for vulnerable people, keep curtains closed and stay out of the sun in the middle of the day by the Justice Secretary Keith Brown. The heat is expected to increase pressure on the NHS, with the UK government’s Cobra emergency committee holding a meeting on Thursday about how to prepare for it. Mr Brown advised people to monitor forecasts and follow public health advice. He said: “We are aware of the weather warnings currently in place and are receiving regular updates from partners including the Met Office and emergency services. Our resilience arrangements have been activated and stand ready at all times to coordinate a response to severe weather issues where required. We will continue to closely monitor developments.”
As the weather continues to heat up, Mr Brown has urged people to take extra care of those who may be vulnerable. Older people, as well as those with underlying conditions or who live alone, may struggle to keep cool and hydrated. Mr Brown has advised everyone to check in on their family, friends and neighbours to make sure they are coping in the heat. He also reminded people to follow the Water Safety Code and be aware of the dangers of swimming in open water. In an emergency, people should call 999. ScotRail has warned that train services could be affected by the hot weather. Rails can expand or buckle when they get too hot, which can cause delays or cancellations. passengers are advised to check before they travel.
With the recent heatwave sweeping across the country, Scottish Water is asking for the public’s help to maintain normal water supplies. They are advising people to use watering cans instead of hoses in gardens, and not to fill up paddling pools. They also urged people to take shorter showers. The Scottish Environment Protection Agency has increased its water scarcity risk rating for 11 more parts of the country. It said the situation was deteriorating in the east and south west. With everyone’s help, we can make sure that there is enough water for everyone during this hot weather.