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Extreme Heat Advice & Service Updates

Last updated 18.07.22 12:020


A rare Level 4 Heat Health Alert has been issued by the Met Office and UKHSA – extreme heat is forecast for Monday 18th and Tuesday 19th of July.

  • Adverse health effects are likely to be experienced, not limited to those most vulnerable to extreme heat, leading to potential serious illness or danger to life.
  • 999 services should be used in emergencies only; seek advice from 111 if you need non-emergency health advice.
  • Substantial changes in working practices and daily routines likely to be required
  • Significantly more people are likely to visit coastal areas, lakes and rivers leading to increased risk of water safety incidents
  • Delays on roads and road closures are possible, along with delays and cancellations to rail and air travel, with potential for significant welfare issues for those who experience even moderate delays


Heatwave Advice

  • Avoid the sun at its strongest (midday)
  • Drink plenty of water, avoid drinking excess alcohol
  • Remember that it may be cooler outside than inside
  • Check on those who are vulnerable to extreme heat e.g. children, the elderly and clinically vulnerable
  • Close your curtains during the day to keep the inside of your home cool


Service Updates and Information

See the latest Tweets from East England Ambulance Trust , Environment Agency , NHS & Essex Fire and Rescue Service

We would advise residents to see our online options or call us for enquiries instead of attending our offices in person. You can also contact us on social media for an easier way to get in touch.

Refuse and Recycling
Collection crews will be starting an hour early on Tuesday 19th (6am) to avoid the worst heat of the day. Please present your refuse and recycling containers the evening before for the early collection.

Collections may take longer than usual - this is for the safety of our crews as they take longer breaks to avoid the heat. Our collection crews are working hard during current extreme weather - please be patient with collection times. You can report missed collections here.

Transport in the Borough
C2C are advising passengers to only travel if absolutely necessary. See Latest C2C Tweets .

First Essex are advising residents using buses to take water when travelling, wear loose clothing, keep windows open and to seek assistance from the driver if you feel unwell onboard. See Latest First Essex Tweets .