Hot weather advice

The Met Office has extended an Amber Extreme heat warning, as temperatures look to build later this week and early next week for much of England and Wales. As the temperature rises across Test Valley and the rest of the UK, it is important to keep cool and safe. 

Met Office

You can get updates on weather warnings from the Met Office website:

Advice as the temperature rises is to:  

  • Stay out of the sun between 11 am and 3 pm
  • Apply sunscreen, wear loose, lightweight cotton clothing, a hat, and sunglasses
  • Have plenty of cold drinks - avoid alcohol, caffeine and hot drinks
  • Avoid physical exertion - it is important that outdoor workers stay out of the sun and take measures to keep cool and hydrated.

Keep your environment cool:  

  • Keep your bedroom and living space cool by closing the curtains on windows that receive the sun and opening your windows at cooler times of the day and overnight when you can  
  • Turn off non-essential lights and electrical items as these generate heat
  • Electric fans may provide some relief if temperatures are below 35 degrees C

Medication/Medical advice

  • Seek medical advice if you have a chronic long-term condition or are taking multiple medications
  • Keep medications that require storing below 25 degrees C in the refrigerator
  • Follow storage instructions on the packaging

For information on heat-related illnesses and what to do should you or someone you know feel unwell visit the NHS website. Call NHS 111 or a GP if you or someone you know becomes unwell. Call 999 in an emergency.

Keeping Hampshire moving

The Hampshire Highways team is preparing to treat any melting road surfaces. Where needed, gritter lorries will spread light dustings of sand, which acts like a sponge to soak up excess bitumen. Rural locations and older surfaces which are exposed and south facing are most likely to be affected. Residents can help keep Hampshire moving by reporting road problems online.

Staying safe around water

Water is a fantastic way to stay cool in the heat and the RNLI have information about staying safe around water. You can find more information here: Water Safety Advice And Tips - Know The Risks ( 

Travel advice

Anyone who expects to be travelling next week should read the AA’s advice for planning ahead to avoid congestion and keeping everyone cool and well in hot cars.