Hot Weather

Follow the Council’s social media channels for the latest updates @ReadingCouncil  Twitter and Facebook

Waste Collections

The Council’s Waste Collection crew will start an hour earlier (6am) during the heatwave.

Weather forecasts

Follow the Met Office for the latest updates on the weather, including weather warnings, UV and Pollen Counts:

Health advice – look out for others

Heatwaves can be dangerous for the very young, older people and those with serious illnesses. In extreme cases, excess heat can lead to heatstroke.

During the heatwave, check on vulnerable friends and neighbours and stay vigilant for people who might be struggling to cope with the heat.

If you’re worried about a relative or elderly neighbour, contact Reading Borough Council on 0118 937 3747 (01344 786 543 out-of-hours emergencies only) or call the Age UK helpline on 0800 678 1174 (8am-7pm every day). For medical advice call NHS 111, speak to your GP or visit

Advice for pets

Never leave animals in hot cars, conservatories, outbuildings or caravans, even if it’s just for a short while. Temperatures can quickly rise to 47°C (117°F) which can result in death. Ensure pets always have access to shade and fresh drinking water to help keep them cool.

Catch up with the Council’s Animal Warden as she gets out and about.

Find out more on the animal warden’s Facebook Page

Summer activities for the kids

Play days, a teddy bears’ picnic in the park, messy play and a special rhymetime in the Abbey Ruins, are among the fun range of activities the Council is laying on for kids over the summer holidays. Find out more:

Water safety

The number of drownings that occur around the home are low compared to those at other locations. However, drownings around the home are also the most easily preventable.  Empty paddling pools and buckets as soon as they have been used. Always turn paddling pools upside down once empty. Always supervise bath time (never leave children unattended). Empty the bath as soon as possible after use.

When away from home, check bathing sites for hazards, check the safest places to swim and always read the signs – find out what local warning signs and flags mean. Swim with any children in your care – it’s more fun and you can keep them close and safe.

Tips for Water Safety at Home

Water Safety on Holiday Top Tips

Water saving

In the south east of England, water supplies are being stretched further and further each day.  Find out how you can contribute to the national effort to save water.