Severe weather

Heatwave and drought


In a severe heatwave the body can overheat and dehydrate, leading to heat exhaustion or heat stroke. Symptoms include: headaches, nausea and intense thirst, sleepiness, hot red and dry skin, a sudden rise in temperature, confusion, aggression, convulsions and loss of consciousness.

If you are worried about what to do, either for yourself or for someone you know who you think might be at risk, go to the NHS advice on what to do in a heatwave or call them on 111.

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The Environment Agency is responsible for monitoring, reporting and acting to reduce the impact of drought on the environment and has plans for England and Wales.

Saving water

The Thames Water website has information and advice on saving water.