Project Details


With 40°C heat becoming more and more commonplace in the UK where overheating in homes and buildings is a key risk (Climate Change Committee, 2021), understanding the lived experience of people’s physical and mental health, wellbeing and behaviour during heatwaves is important to developing adaptation strategies that suit people’s actual needs.

Currently UK’s heat-health research and early warnings are focused on outdoor temperatures and population-scale health outcomes (e.g., mortality in South-West England) rather than people’s experiences and perceptions of heat, which varies between individuals and the buildings they live in.

We will fill these gaps by deploying rapid questionnaires that ask participants in an established cohort about their lived experience and behaviour during heatwaves, generating never-before-seen human-based data that complement physical measurements of weather. Analysing both data will help us (1) understand how heat affects health and wellbeing for different people, and (2) inform the development of early warnings.
Effective start/end date1/10/2331/07/24


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