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NEWS: Red warning of extreme heat issued for areas in England

Today the Met Office has issued the first ever red extreme heat warning for areas in England on Monday 18 and Tuesday 19 July, where temperatures are predicted to break record highs. 

The red warning indicates an ‘exceptional hot spell of weather leading to widespread impacts on people and infrastructure’. Amber extreme heat warnings are in place across parts of England and Wales from Sunday 17 to Tuesday 19 July. 

The Government in England has not asked schools and education settings to close. Instead setting leaders are expected use their professional judgement and responsibility to review and adjust risk assessments based on the government guidance (linked below) and your own setting and circumstances to keep the children and adults in your setting safe during the heatwave.

This might include adapting your procedures to increase ventilation, ensuring adequate hydration, avoiding areas which are too hot, ensuring the use of wide-brimmed sunhats, sunscreen and encouraging suitable clothing. You should work with parents and staff members to take into account specific needs of individuals who are more at risk from periods of extremely hot weather.

It is important to recognise the signs of heat stress, heat exhaustion and heatstroke and take appropriate action if these are spotted. You should also follow any additional advice issued from your local authority based on your local area and circumstance.

Heat warning: Useful links and resources

PACEY members in Wales can refer to our latest PACEY Cymru update issued yesterday (14 July).