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Hot weather warning

Hot weather warning

Published at 4:41pm 19th July 2016. (Updated at 4:56pm 19th July 2016)

Soaring temperatures have sparked a surge in 999 calls and also a plea from Yorkshire Ambulance Service to take extra care in the heat.

Warmer weather usually means a rise in calls for problems such as breathing difficulties, fainting and unconsciousness.

Temperatures across Harrogate, Craven and Wharfedale have already topped 30C.

Dr David Macklin, Executive Director of Operations at Yorkshire Ambulance Service, said: "As the temperatures soar over the next few days, we want to make sure the people of Yorkshire enjoy the heatwave safely. I would like to ask members of the public to be mindful of the following advice:

  • Remember, some people are more at risk from the heat than others - for example, older people, babies and young children, and people with any pre-existing medical problems that can affect their breathing.
  • Try to keep as cool as possible - wear a hat when sitting or working outside and use plenty of sun cream.
  • If possible, avoid going out in the hottest part of the day (between 11am and 3pm) and if you have to go out, try to stay in the shade.
  • Drink plenty of water and avoid drinking alcohol in the sun.
  • Contact your doctor, pharmacist or NHS 111 if you are worried about your health. In an emergency, dial 999 for ambulance assistance.

"We know that this advice is common sense but, by reminding everyone, we hope it will help reduce the number of people who suffer any ill-effects from the hot weather.

"We will always respond to anyone needing time-critical medical assistance, but we ask that people think carefully before dialling 999 and only call for an ambulance in an emergency when it is obvious that you or another person has a serious or life-threatening illness or injury.

"People suffering from minor illnesses and injuries should consider more appropriate services for their needs such as visiting their local pharmacist or GP, attending a walk-in-centre or minor injuries unit or calling NHS 111."

The service is also urging everyone to take extra care in and around open water during the hot weather.

Traditionally when temperatures rise, crews are called to incidents where people have needed emergency medical attention after swimming in rivers, reservoirs and other waterways.

David said: "As always, our message regarding open water is 'Stay Out and Stay Safe'. It may be very appealing to jump into the water to cool off on a warm summer's day, but people need to be aware of how dangerous it really is.

"Water can look calm on the surface but contain unseen debris and, rivers in particular, can have treacherous undercurrents. In addition, the temperature of deep water is much colder than people would expect it to be and, even on a hot summer's day, rarely gets above freezing.

"Every year lives are tragically lost across the UK and we don't want to see anyone hurt or injured so the message is simple; enjoy the summer, stay out of open water and stay safe!"

However, the hot weather isn't set to last, with the Met Office issuing a yellow warning for rain across Yorkshire.

There is also potential for some severe thunderstorms on Wednesday.

Whilst most places will miss the worst of it, there is a risk of localised flash flooding, frequent lightning, hail and strong winds.

More advice on staying safe during the hot weather at www.nhs.uk