By Max Clarke

Summer’s just around the corner and already there’s talk of a heatwave approaching.

As a result, the government has updated its Heatwave Plan, in order to better prepare the country for extreme weather.

“This year’s heatwave plan encourages everyone to be prepared before a heatwave strikes,” said Health Minister Lansley. “Many of us look forward to the hot weather but over exposure to the heat can cause some to dehydrate or get heat exhaustion.”

First drafted in 2004 in response to the 2003 heatwave in which temperatures in the UK and across Europe soared to record highs- reaching 38.5 in Kent-, the Plan is intended to inform and protect the vulnerable. Some 2,000 Britons died prematurely during the summer, and up to 20,000 died across Europe as a result of the extreme weather.

Continued Lansley: “The elderly and those with long term illnesses are particularly vulnerable to the heat and we need to be aware, within families, in communities and across the National Health Service, of how we can minimise these risks when the summer temperatures rise.”