The UK Health Security Agency issues yellow alert for hot weather over the weekend

• Newham Council asks residents to stay alert for people who may be more vulnerable and need help to stay safe

The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) has issued a yellow warning for hot weather and thunderstorms over the coming days.

Heat alert 9 June 2023 - map of England

  • This means the Greater London Assembly (GLA) may call its first Severe Weather Emergency Protocol (SWEP) – in anticipation of this Newham Council is preparing to support its most vulnerable.
  • There is also a yellow alert for thunderstorms in place as a result of the temperature change which could result in flash flooding
  • Residents are reminded no open fires are permitted in Newham Parks or public space

With temperatures due to tip the charts at 30c degrees – Newham Council is working to ensure its most vulnerable residents have access to the support and advice they need to stay safe.

In terms of Newham’s street homeless population, there will be enhanced visits to known hotspots – of 19 people identified and assessed, none are considered especially vulnerable. However, for the duration of the SWEP outreach teams will make extended visits, and will make water, fruit and sunscreen available.

Newham residents who have particular concerns about a rough sleeper should contact Streetlink by calling 0300 500 0914 or via the Streetlink website here: Streetlink. In an emergency please dial 999.

Residents are also urged to look out for neighbours, relatives and friends who may be more affected by higher temperatures (including night-time temperatures.)

People who are most vulnerable to heatwave conditions include:

  • Older people especially those over 75 and female
  • Those living alone or in care homes
  • People with serious long term illnesses like diabetes, kidney disease or Parkinson’s and some mental health conditions

For the elderly and those with underlying health conditions there is advice on how to stay safe and get help if needed, on this website NHS page on how to cope in hot weather.

Residents are also reminded of the dangers of fire during extended periods of hot weather.

BBQs should be especially monitored and for the best advice visit: BBQ Safety | London Fire Brigade (

Newham Council does not allow any BBQs or fires in its parks or open spaces.

Published: 09 Jun 2023