Europe is braced for record-breaking temperatures this week, as a massive heatwave settles over the continent. We pulled together some health advice for travellers who may find their trip just got a whole lot hotter.
UPDATE: Information from FCO about temperature in France added below.
🚨 Alert by the Emergency Response Coordination Center @eu_echo
By 27 June, the first heatwave for 2019 is expected to peak in 🇪🇺, with extreme temperatures all over Europe.
Be very careful, avoid any fire hazards and pay extra attention to your health.https://t.co/dmWSIM78vy pic.twitter.com/5xRExknEFF
— EU Environment (@EU_ENV) June 25, 2019
- Check the weather forecast when making plans for the day.
- Avoid going out in the sun during the hottest part of the day – this is usually between 11:00 – 15:00. Minimise your activities during this part of the day, and do not try to do too much overall.
- Wear sunscreen and top it up regularly. Make sure it is in date and offers appropriate UVA and UVB protection. Wear a hat, light clothing and sunglasses too. Sunglasses should have a CE mark, UV400 label or a statement that they offer 100 per cent UV (ultraviolet) protection
- Make sure you and your travel companions stay hydrated. Regularly drink water throughout the day – aim for at least 8 glasses. If you are drinking alcohol, be aware it can dehydrate you further. Make sure you drink water with your booze.
- Be aware transport might be disrupted. If you are planning day trips, have a back up plan for your journey home.
- Know the signs of heat exhaustion and how to contact medical services should you need them.
Public Health England has advice on how to stay safe during a heatwave.
When to seek help
The NHS advises you to contact a doctor or medical service if someone has these symptoms –
- chest pain
- intense thirst
- vomiting or nausea
- cramps that get worse or don’t go away
At risk groups
The NHS warns that the following groups are most vulnerable to high temperatures –
- older people, especially those over 75
- babies and young children
- people with a serious chronic condition, especially heart or breathing problems
- people with mobility problems – for example, people with Parkinson’s disease or who have had a stroke
- people with serious mental health problems
- people on certain medications, including those that affect sweating and temperature control
- people who misuse alcohol or drugs
- people who are physically active – for example, labourers or those doing sports
Official advice and info
From the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office –
Extreme temperatures are forecast across most of France in the last week of June, with daytime temperatures over 40ºC and overnight temperatures over 20ºC in parts of the country. The French authorities have issued advice (in English) on sensible precautions to take.
from Travel Advice Summary, which can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/france
— Smartraveller (@Smartraveller) June 24, 2019
The #heatwave is intensifying in parts of Europe, with amber warnings in Austria, France, Switzerland, Poland etc. Get latest forecasts and advice from national meteorological services by clicking on map at https://t.co/Hx7UeF4fLs pic.twitter.com/1RLqHg9O42
— WMO | OMM (@WMO) June 25, 2019
— TravelHealthPro (@NaTHNaC) June 24, 2019
We haven’t seen much of it this June but, when the sun’s out this week, #UV levels will be high or very high.
Make sure you put the sunscreen on. ☀️😎
Find out more about the effects of UV https://t.co/55GvN5oZ7q pic.twitter.com/663GQyJDV7
— Met Office (@metoffice) June 25, 2019
The temperature is due to rise for many in England next week. It’s important to stay properly hydrated in the hot weather. See our page for info on how much to drink: https://t.co/CMXpBnSbP2 #SummerSolstice pic.twitter.com/pzBUUqmeaV
— NHS (@NHSuk) June 21, 2019
Further news and information
Europe heatwave: record high of 45C expected in France https://t.co/Tc0NG8yD3Z
— The Guardian (@guardian) June 25, 2019
A dangerous #heatwave is about to begin in western and northern Europe. Temperatures will be 10-16 degrees above average and record highs are expected to be set. It is important to stay hydrated and limit daytime activities. Remember to also check on the elderly. pic.twitter.com/v6oQSZEROM
— Al Jazeera Weather (@AJEWeather) June 23, 2019
In Germany, temperatures are expected to exceed 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit) on Wednesday, topping the country’s previous June record of 38.2 degrees Celsius, set in Frankfurt in 1947.https://t.co/xPrwnYoW36
— DW News (@dwnews) June 25, 2019
— The Weather Channel (@weatherchannel) June 24, 2019
A heatwave is hitting Europe this week. Here are the highest temperatures expected across the continent pic.twitter.com/uJXDdwYYMj
— TicToc by Bloomberg (@tictoc) June 25, 2019
Temps above 35C/95F next week in Europe could break all-time June records, in a heat wave that’s especially dangerous because it’s happening so early in the summer. https://t.co/7DDMRiAqUO pic.twitter.com/QwTjQBcxu6
— Weather Underground (@wunderground) June 20, 2019
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