The UK Health Security Agency has issued a Heat Health Warning for Herefordshire this week, with temperatures set to peak at around 27c.

The UK Health Security Agency regularly issues Heat Health warnings throughout the summer, with vulnerable people likely to suffer the effects of prolonged hot weather.

The Heat Health Warning issued for the West Midlands states:

Minor impacts are probable across the health and social care sector.

Increased use of healthcare services by the vulnerable population.

Increase in risk of mortality amongst vulnerable individuals and increased potential for indoor environments to become very warm.

ā€˜We expect the hot weather to have minor impacts across the health and social care sector for every region in England except the north east. 

ā€˜The weather health alerts will be in effect from Mon 24 June until Thurs 27 June for all regions affected.ā€™

The alerting system provides an early warning when adverse temperatures are likely to impact on the health and wellbeing of the population.

The Weather health alerting system is provided by the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) in partnership with the Met Office. 

It’s intended to provide early warning to the health and social care sector, the responder community, the voluntary and community sector and government departments when adverse temperatures are likely to impact on the health and wellbeing of the population.

The Weather health alerting system is made up of the Heat-Health Alerts (HHA) and Cold-Health Alerts (CHA). 

The Weather health alerting system underpins the Adverse Weather and Health Plan.

The core alerting season for the HHA runs from 1 June to 30 September, with the core alerting season for CHA running from 1 November to 31 March. 

Should a period of heat or cold occur that meets alerting criteria outside of the core alerting periods, an extraordinary alert will be issued.

More Details – https://ukhsa-dashboard.data.gov.uk/weather-health-alerts