At the time of publication The Met Office has issued an Amber Extreme heat warning – for Sunday (17 July) and Monday (18 July). This highlights likely adverse health effects for the public, not just limited to those most vulnerable to extreme heat. Temperatures could be in excess of 35°C in the southeast, and more widely around 32°C within the warning area. These high temperatures could extend further into next week and an extension of the warning will be considered in the coming days.
In circumstances such as these it is essential to consider whether you have control measures in place to ensure the safety and welfare of staff and guests at your events.
The principal issues are dehydration and overheating – leading to heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Protection from the sun is also worth careful consideration for staff working outdoors.