What is the risk of a heatwave to Warwickshire?

A heatwave is when the daily maximum temperature exceeds 28 °C and the minimum temperature is higher than 15 °C for two weeks OR the daily maximum temperature exceeds 32 °C for five consecutive days.

There is a drought when there are periodic water interruptions for up to ten months.

In July 2022 the highest-ever temperature was recorded in the UK, at 40.3 °C. Wellesbourne in Warwickshire reached 39.0 °C on 19 July 2022.

How could a heatwave
affect you and your property?

Extreme hot weather could affect you in the following ways:

  • Risk to life
  • Health impacts on the elderly and vulnerable with extreme temperatures
  • Disruption to utilities (such as water supplies)
  • Damage to property, businesses, and agricultural land due to wildfires
  • Risk to life of livestock
  • Risk of water safety incidents with people visiting rivers/ lakes coastal areas to cool off
  • Changes in working practices and daily routines to adapt to the conditions

We can all be better prepared to
respond and recover from a heatwave


Check that you have all the necessary equipment

Stock up on sunscreen, insect repellent and any hay fever medicine you need. Before going out, you should also think about including a water bottle, sunscreen and a sun hat.


Check the pollen levels before heading out

Download the Met Office app so you can not only keep an eye on the forecast to understand the likelihood of any impactful weather in your area, but also stay up-to-date with the latest UV and pollen forecasts before heading outside. 


Plan around the forecast

If you like spending time in your garden, plan to avoid the hottest part of the day (11am –3pm) and make sure that you have sunscreen, water and a wide brimmed hat.


Check your vehicle is ready for summer

If you're planning summer outings using your car, top up your screen wash and check your tyres, coolant and oil levels.


Save water

Try to reduce and reuse water where possible both at home and at work.

Install water saving devices in taps, shower heads and toilet cisterns.


Apply for Priority Services

You can apply for priority service if you are elderly, vulnerable or need that extra bit of support. Check the eligibility criteria.



If you are thinking of having a barbeque, ensure you have a bucket of water or hose pipe nearby. Sparks from the barbecue may fall or be blown onto wooden sheds, fences or dry grass and may cause a fire extremely quickly. Having water nearby to throw on the sparks will help reduce the likelihood of a fire.

How to prepare
your business

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What is being done to become
better prepared?

  • The Met Office will issue forecasts and relevant advice when appropriate.
  • We will prepare local heatwave and drought plans to make sure that the transport network and other services are able to respond.
  • The healthcare system will create extra capacity in health services to deal with extra patients if necessary.
  • Water companies will have plans in place to deal with a drought and will issue public communications.
  • If you see fish in lakes, rivers or canals struggling to breathe, contact the Environment Agency.
  • If you see an environmental incident (which includes fish in distress) go to:
  • www.gov.uk/report-an-environmental-incident or phone the Environment Agency 24-hour Incident reporting hotline 0800 807060

Met Office - Weather and climate change 

Met Office - www.metoffice.gov.uk

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