18th Aug, 2017

Met Office predicting mercury to soar to 27 in Bromsgrove and Rubery during this weekend's heatwave

THE MET Office is predicting the mercury will soar to 27 degrees Celsius across Worcestershire tomorrow (Saturday) and Sunday (June 18) as a heatwave arrives in the UK.

Warnings have been issued by West Midlands Ambulance Service to residents, advising them to ensure they drink plenty of water, squash and juice, rather than lots of tea and coffee.

People are also urged to be wary of their alcohol consumption as it tends to also lead to dehydration and to keep an eye on elderly residents and friends to make sure they stay well in the heat.

Other advice includes avoiding being out in full sun between midday and 3pm – the hottest part of the day – and to wear sun cream, hats, and loose cotton clothing.

Severn Trent has also issued warnings amidst a huge increase in demand for water.

The provider wants residents to remember their water saving habits.

Doug Clarke, water efficiency manager for Severn Trent, said: “When the weather gets hotter water use always increases so we have to be extra careful how we use it. In the Severn Trent region we already have some of the most water efficient customers in the country, on average using under 130 litres per day, and so we’re asking all our customers to remember their great water saving habits.”

Severn Trent advises people to take shorter, cool showers and be careful with the amount of water used on the garden.

“Established lawns and plants generally do not need watering to survive a dry spell.

“I know it can be tempting to water the garden, but a garden hose can use more water in an hour than a family normally use in two days.

“Using a watering can to water young plants and getting the water as close to the roots as possible in late evening time helps to reduce evaporation in the midday sun.

“We recognise that as a water company we must have plans in place to make sure we can cope with demand whatever the weather, and we absolutely do. Our water resources are at a healthy level despite a very dry winter, but it’s still really important that we all take steps make sure we are careful with what we use, particularly when it’s hot as we never know what the weather will be like for the rest of the summer.”

Anyone washing their car should do so with a bucket and sponge, rather than a hosepipe, added the Severn Trent spokesperson.

Wash your car with a bucket and sponge, not a hosepipe – or just wash the windows, lights and mirrors

Visit www.stwater.co.uk/savewater for more water-saving tips.

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