Pavement art highlighting the danger heatwaves pose to rough sleepers has popped up across London ahead of a new spell of hot weather set to hit the English capital this week.
The Met Office has warned temperatures are set to rise into the mid-30Cs at the end of this week. It follows the record-breaking 40C heatwave last month, during which London mayor Sadiq Khan launched emergency measures to protect on the city’s streets.
Charity Single Homeless Project (SHP) has now placed pavement artwork across the city to highlight how heat brings a risk to life. When splashed with water the art reveals the message “No Home. No Water.”
“Just as with extreme cold, anyone sleeping rough is at risk during a heatwave. Severe sunburn, dehydration and heatstroke are all real risks. If you have no home, you can’t just grab a glass of water from your kitchen to cool down,” said Tonia Murphy, regional head of rough sleeping services at SHP.
“We help one Londoner at risk of or experiencing homelessness every hour and as the city heat continues, we’re working hard to help people off the streets and into a place to call home. We can all do our bit to help a fellow Londoner who might be struggling by asking how they are, offering water, suncream or an umbrella for shade.”
As many as 1,000 excess deaths may have been recorded during the heatwave last month, according to reports from the New Scientist.