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Health warning issued as heatwave is set to bring soaring temperatures to Kent this week

A heatwave alert has been issued with soaring temperatures expected to sweep the county this week.

The mercury is expected to peak close to the mid-30s in some parts on Friday, prompting Kent County Council (KCC) to issue the warning to vulnerable people who health could be affected.

See how temperatures will soar over the next two days

Its level three alert, which takes effect from 9am tomorrow and lasts until Sunday, means we can expect high temperatures and sustained hot weather that could lead to an increase in health problems.

Health and social care workers will regularly be checking in on the people they care for who are most at risk in the sweltering conditions.

Experts are also appealing to people to check on friends, relatives and neighbours who may be less able to look after themselves as the heat starts to increase as we head towards the weekend.

Andrew Scott-Clark, the KCC director for public health, said: "Much of the advice on beating the heat is common sense.

"But before the hot weather arrives, it is a really good time to think about what you can do to protect yourself and your family and friends from heat."

Tips for staying cool during the hot weather
Tips for staying cool during the hot weather

Top tips for beating the heat include drink plenty of water and avoiding excess alcohol, keeping out of the sun between 11am to 3pm, and closing curtains on rooms that face the sun to keep indoor spaces cooler.

KCC is also supporting the NHS campaign 'Cover Up, Mate' which aims to encourage men who work outdoors, such as farmers, builders, gardeners and sportsmen, to take a safer approach to the sun in summer in order to reduce the risk of skin cancer.

The incidence of skin cancer in men is increasing at a faster rate than it is for women.

People suffering during the hot spell are being urged not to go to A&E or call 999 unless it’s an emergency. Instead NHS111 can help you get the right treatment.

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