What is the risk of a heatwave to Lincolnshire?

A heatwave is an extended period of hot weather. In the UK the heatwave threshold is met when a location records a period of at least three days in a row with daily maximum temperatures meeting or exceeding the heatwave temperature threshold. The threshold varies by UK county from 25 to 28 degrees.

A new record-high temperature for the UK of 40.3ºC was recorded at Coningsby in Lincolnshire on the 19 July 2022

You can download the information used on this page via a bite-size risk information document.

How could a heatwave
affect you and your community?

Extreme hot weather can include heatwaves and drought

  • Risk to life
  • Health impacts on the elderly and vulnerable with extreme temperatures
  • Disruption to utilities (such as water supplies)
  • Damage to property, businesses, and agricultural land due to wild fires
  • Risk to life of livestock
  • Risk of water safety incidents with people visiting rivers/ lakes coastal areas to cool off
  • Changes in working practices and daily routines to adapt to the conditions

We can all be better prepared to
respond and recover from a heatwave


Check that you have all the necessary equipment

Stock up on sunscreen, insect repellent and any hay fever medicine you need. You should also think about including a water bottle, sunscreen and a sun hat. 


Check the pollen levels before heading out

Download the Met Office App so you can not only keep an eye on the forecast to understand the likelihood of any impactful weather in your area, but also stay up-to-date with the latest UV and pollen forecasts before heading outside. 


Plan around the forecast

If you like spending time in your garden, plan to avoid the hottest part of the day and make sure that you have sunscreen, water and a wide brimmed hat.


Check your vehicle is ready for summer

If you're planning summer outings using your car, top up your screen wash and check your tyres, coolant and oil levels. 


Look out for vulnerable neighbours

Share this checklist with your neighbours and see if you can help each other prepare for what the weather might bring. Just taking time to make contact will be appreciated. 

How to prepare
your business

How to prepare
your community

Lincolnshire Resilience Forum

What is being done to become
better prepared?

We work together to:

  • Produce multi-agency plans to manage extreme weather events.
  • Monitor the weather forecasts prior to any large events in the county.
  • Receive and distribute early notifications of extreme weather.
  • Plan and response to extreme weather.
  • Local and central government work with infrastructure operators and emergency responders to develop response plans to deal with potential damage and restore utilities and travel routes as quickly as possible.
  • Drought planning – water companies have a statutory duty to plan for drought.
  • Plans include a range of actions to manage the supply and demand of water. The Environment Agency also has a framework which sets out how they work with government, water companies and others to manage water resources during a drought.
  • Emergency Drought Orders – legislative orders can be issued to restrict water usage if required.

Met Office - Weather and climate change 

Met Office - www.metoffice.gov.uk

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