The Met Office has extended an Amber extreme heat warning as temperatures build later this week and into early next week for much of England.
The Amber warning, which has been issued for Sunday (17 July) and Monday (18 July), highlights likely adverse health effects for the public – not just limited to those most vulnerable to extreme heat.
Temperatures could be in excess of 35°C in the southeast, and more widely around 32°C within the warning area.
With the outdoor bowls season in full swing, we wished to provide guidance for players and officials ahead of the weekend. Whilst common sense should apply, we have prepared the below to further assist:
ALL BOWLS ACTIVITY
• Keep hydrated (water) and avoid dehydrating alcoholic and caffeinated drinks.
• Wherever possible, stay out of the sun. Try to avoid physical exertion at the hottest times of the day, and always remember to put on a hat and wear sunscreen.
• Consider rescheduling the time of matches to avoid the middle of the day between 11am-3pm and/or reducing the number of ends played (subject to mutual agreement of both parties)
BOWLS ENGLAND REGIONAL FINALS
The Regional Finals of the Balcomb Trophy and Walker Cup are being held on Sunday 17 July. These will go ahead as planned. However, should both teams in a single tie agree prior to the start of the game, then a reduced number of ends can be played in the morning and/or afternoon sessions. This could provide opportunity for a longer lunch break to avoid hottest part of the day, but is subject to local agreement.