Heat is on for South Yorkshire emergency crews

The heatwave continues and the Peace Garden in Sheffield remains a popular place to relax in the sun. Our picture shows Sheffield University student Lara Zebic (centre), with friends, Jodie Hartigan (left) and Catherine Walker, all aged 21. Lara's friends are in Sheffield for Tramlines.
The heatwave continues and the Peace Garden in Sheffield remains a popular place to relax in the sun. Our picture shows Sheffield University student Lara Zebic (centre), with friends, Jodie Hartigan (left) and Catherine Walker, all aged 21. Lara's friends are in Sheffield for Tramlines.
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Emergency services are wilting in the heat as they face rising demand in the soaring temperatures.

Calls to the Yorkshire Ambulance Service have rocketed in the summer sun – with operators receiving 230 calls an hour at their peak, a third more than normal.

South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue has been tackling up to five grassland blazes a day with the dry ground meaning there is a ‘high risk of a fire getting out of control’.

South Yorkshire Police have seen a ‘slight increase’ in calls, while the accident and emergency ward at the city’s Northern General Hospital had seen two particularly busy days due to the heat.

With weather forecasters predicting the hot spell to continue, the ambulance service is urging people to look after themselves and others to avoid the need to dial 999 for an ambulance.

David Williams, acting director of operations, said : “With such beautiful weather, lots of people have been understandably out and about and enjoying themselves.

“However, alongside our normal 999 demand, the increase in weather-related illnesses and injuries led to a significant rise in the number of calls we had to deal with.”

A police spokeswoman said: “Over the last two weeks there has been a slight increase in the amount of calls to police. The type of calls have related to disputes between neighbours and minor public order offences.”

Sheffield doctors are reminding city residents to take care when enjoying the weather to avoid developing potentially serious illnesses.

Dr Maria Read, based at Skye Edge’s Dovercourt Surgery, said the very young, the elderly and people with serious, chronic conditions are most at risk.

She said: “We’re asking them to be particularly vigilant in the heat. People, especially the elderly, should drink plenty of cold drinks – more frequently than usual – to stay hydrated.”

Dr Read said the main risks posed by a heatwave are dehydration, heat exhaustion and heatstroke.

Warm weather to continue

Temperatures are expected to remain in the 20s into next week as the heatwave continues in Sheffield.

Andy Ratcliffe, a forecaster at Meteogroup, said: “Tomorrow will be fairly similar to today, but perhaps a touch warmer. There’s a little bit of uncertainty around next week, but it’s looking like it will be warm –, or very warm maybe.”

Today: Light cloud, maximum temperature 22C;

Tomorrow: Light cloud, 22C;

Monday: Sunny intervals, 25C;

Tuesday: Light rain, 24C;

Wednesday: Light rain, 17C.