The UK Health Security Agency and the Met Office have issued the first heat-health alert of the year for Suffolk.

The six regions included in the yellow alert are London, East Midlands, West Midlands, South East, South West and East of England.

The alert is currently in place from 9am on Friday to 9am on Monday.

A yellow alert means a likely increase in the use of health care services by vulnerable people and an increase in risk to health for individuals over the age of 65 or anyone with pre-existing health conditions.

Dr Agostinho Sousa, head of extreme events and health protection at the UK Health Security Agency, said: “In the coming days we are likely to experience our first sustained period of hot weather of the year so far, so it’s important that everyone ensures they keep hydrated and cool while enjoying the sun.

“Forecasted temperatures this week will primarily impact those over the age of 65 or those with pre-existing health conditions such as respiratory and cardiovascular diseases.

“If you have friends, family or neighbours who you know are more vulnerable to the effects of hot weather, it is important you check in on them and ensure they are aware of the forecasts and are following the necessary advice.’’

The following guidance has been issued to help keep yourself and others safe during periods of hot weather: 

  • Check on family, friends and neighbours who may be at higher risk of becoming unwell, and if you are at higher risk, ask them to do the same for you.
  • Know the symptoms of heat exhaustion and heatstroke and what to do if you or someone else has them.
  • Keep out of the sun at the hottest time of the day, between 11am and 3pm.
  • If you are going to do a physical activity (for example exercise or walking the dog), plan to do these during times of the day when it is cooler such as the morning or evening.
  • Keep your home cool by closing windows and curtains in rooms that face the sun.
  • If you do go outside, cover up with suitable clothing such as an appropriate hat and sunglasses, seek shade and apply sunscreen regularly.
  • Drink plenty of fluids and limit your alcohol intake.