Hot weather: information and advice

Staying safe in hotter weather.

The Met Office has issued an Amber Extreme heat warning with temperatures expected to build through this week.

The warning covers most of Suffolk on: 

  • Thursday 11 August
  • Friday 12 August
  • Saturday 13 August
  • Sunday 14 August

Possible impacts on health, transport and infrastructure are to be expected:

  • Adverse health effects are likely to be experienced by those vulnerable to extreme heat
  • The wider population are likely to experience some adverse health effects including sunburn or heat exhaustion (dehydration, nausea, fatigue) and other heat related illnesses
  • Some changes in working practices and daily routines likely to be required
  • An increased chance that some heat-sensitive systems and equipment may fail.
  • More people are likely to visit coastal areas, lakes, rivers and other beauty spots leading to an increased risk of water safety and fire-related incidents.
  • Some delays to road, rail and air travel are possible, with potential for welfare issues for those who experience prolonged delays

Latest national information 

Health

The UK Health Security Agency has issued a Level 3 Heat Health Alert, which is designed to help healthcare professional manage through periods of extreme weather. The Alert is in force from Tuesday 9 August through to 9am on Tuesday 16 August, with the UKHSA advising people to look out for vulnerable people, including older people, young children and those with underlying health conditions.  

Roads in Suffolk

Suffolk Highways is well prepared for the rising temperatures. 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 encourages 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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