Residents are being urged to take extra care as the weather hots up this week.
There is an 80% chance of temperatures reaching 31°C during the day and 16°C overnight between 12.00 noon on Tuesday and 6.00 pm on Thursday.
Temperatures are expected to build on Tuesday and into Wednesday. There is still some uncertainty regarding peak temperature values on these two days, however the highest maximum temperature is expected on Wednesday.
High temperatures can be dangerous, especially for the very young, elderly, or those with serious health conditions.
West Sussex County Council is urging everyone to see if they are at risk, think about vulnerable family members or friends, and to remember top tips for staying cool.
West Sussex County Council Cabinet Member for Community Wellbeing Christine Field said: “While our summer has taken a while to get started the forecast is that this week is likely to be particularly hot.
“While many of us enjoy a spell of much warmer weather, we need to look after ourselves and our more vulnerable residents to ensure everyone stays healthy and well.
“We have a relatively older population in West Sussex, and I would urge residents to not only look out for themselves, but also elderly neighbours. By following simple advice and easy tips, we can all avoid ill health this summer.
“Make sure you enjoy the most of the glorious weather this summer and just remember to take care in the sun.”
There are some simple things everyone can do to stay cool and healthy in hot weather:
- Don’t spend long periods sitting or working outside in the hottest time of the day 11.00 am to 3.00 pm.
- If you are travelling in a vehicle take a bottle of water to drink.
- Avoid strenuous activities, and limit activities to early morning/evening when its cooler.
- When inside use the coolest rooms and keep curtains/blinds closed in rooms that catch the sun.
- Shut windows when it is cooler inside than out and open when its hotter inside than out. Leave open at night if it is safe.
- Wear loose/lightweight/light coloured, cotton clothing.
- Take cool showers and baths.
- Splash your face with cool water or place a damp cloth on the back of your neck.
- Drink plenty of fluids even if not thirsty.
- Eat normally, try to have more cold foods that contain high water content e.g. salads and fruit.