Extreme heat warning: information and advice

Staying safe in hotter weather.

15 July 2022

For the first time temperatures of 40°C have been forecast in the UK and the Met Office has issued the first ever Red warning for exceptional heat. 

Exceptional heat is expected to affect a large part of England early next week (18 July), with temperatures likely in the high 30s C in some places and perhaps even reaching 40°C.

Latest national information 

Heat warnings in Suffolk 

Amber extreme heat warning - for all of Suffolk on: 

  • Sunday 17 July 
  • Monday 18 July 
  • Tuesday 19 July 

Red extreme heat warning - for parts of West Suffolk on: 

  • Monday 18 July 
  • Tuesday 19 July 

The Met Office warns of widespread impacts on people and infrastructure, including:  

  • Risk of adverse health effects leading to serious illness or danger to life - not just limited to those most vulnerable to extreme heat  
  • The need to substantially change working practices and daily routines   
  • A high risk of failure of heat-sensitive systems and equipment, potentially leading to loss of power and other essential services, such as water or mobile phone services   
  • Significantly more people visiting coastal areas, lakes and river, leading to an increased risk of water safety incidents   
  • Delays on roads and road closures, along with delays and cancellations to rail and air travel 

Schools in Suffolk 

The schools closure website will be regularly updated on Monday and Tuesday morning. The decision to close a school is taken by the headteacher. They also make their own provision for keeping the children safe. 

Roads in Suffolk 

Suffolk Highways is well prepared for the rising temperatures and the gritting fleet will be used to undertake some pre-emptive dusting at sites that have recently been surface dressed. This reduces the risk of the material breaking away from the surface. Please take care when travelling, and if you spot any problems with the roads, please call our emergency number on 0345 606 6171. 

Advice on fire prevention

During hot weather, Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service encourage people to avoid barbecues and campfires on dry grass or near hedges, put out cigarettes properly before disposing of them, and call 999 immediately at the first sign of a fire. Read more guidance on fire prevention during hot weather.

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