The heatwave has arrived and coastal areas and towns, like Lytham St.Anne’s, have been warned to expect a surge of visitors in the next few days. The hot, sunny weather has acted as a catalyst for the prospect of massive Midsummer dash to the coast, the heatwave coming at a key time following lockdown. Mixing with the wonderful weather are:
- The renewed sense of optimism brought about by Government’s Covid-19 alert level this week being reduced from four to three.
- The publicity given to the lowering of the two metre stay safe guideline and the opening of our hospitality facilities – albeit only coming into force on Saturday.
- Many people currently being off work and furloughed – and therefore able to freely enjoy the fine weather.
- Pupils and students not being in school, college or university.
- Three-quarters of British households having saved money during the lockdown, cutting back on day-to-day expenses such as going to the pub, the cinema and eating out, slashing fuel bills as cars sit unused and not travelling to work (survey comparethemarket.com)
- Current cheaper petrol prices encouraging driving.
- Shops now being open.
- Travelling abroad still being problematical – staycations being a popular alternative.
However, the heat and enjoying time outdoors also brings a warning. The Met Office said there is an 80 per cent probability of heat-health criteria being met between 9am tomorrow (Wednesday) and 9pm on Friday. This warning is triggered when there is a threat of temperatures crossing a risky threshold in one or more parts of the country for two days in a row. The Met Office said in its heat warning: ‘This is an important stage for social and healthcare services who will be working to ensure readiness and swift action to reduce harm from a potential heatwave.’
The National Fire Chiefs Council (NFCC) has also warned against starting campfires and picnic fires which can easily get out of control, and to call 999 immediately if you spot a fire.
Sir Patrick Vallance, the Chief Scientific Adviser and Professor Chris Whitty, the Chief Medical Officer, have also warned about the loosening of restrictions in the coming days by saying, ‘Don’t be fooled that this means it has gone away. The disease is growing across the world. It is coming down in the UK but it hasn’t gone away.’