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Hot and extreme weather

Community, safety and emergencies

11 July 2022

Heat wave

A Heat-Health alert has been put into place as even overnight temperatures are predicted to be very warm. Normally in hot weather temperatures tend to drop overnight giving the body sufficient chance to rest and repair, however this normal process can become a struggle when temperatures don’t drop. It can be unpleasant for any of us, but is a particular issue for those whose underlying health conditions are made worse by heat.  

High temperatures overnight and in the daytime unfortunately come with health consequences for some people - please keep an eye on those most vulnerable, particularly those who are older or have lung or heart conditions and look out for heat exhaustion and heatstroke.

Here are our top tips for staying safe in the heat.
  • look out for those who may struggle to keep themselves cool and hydrated
  • stay hydrated, take water with you if you are travelling or out and about
  • stay out of the sun between 11am and 3pm as this is when UV rays are the strongest - avoid physical exertion at this time
  • if you have to go out in the heat stay in the shade, apply sunscreen and wear a wide brimmed hat
  • close curtains in rooms that the sun faces - this will help rooms remain cooler - remember it could be cooler outdoors than indoors
  • never leave anyone in a parked closed vehicle – especially not animals, children or babies
  • avoid travelling at peak times on motorways, particularly if transporting children or the elderly
  • sadly accidents, often fatal, happen in water at this time of year particularly involving youngsters. That’s why we’re asking parents to supervise their children in and around water. Although it can be fun to cool off in water structures such as bridges, locks and flood channels, and reservoirs and quarries should be avoided. Make sure you know the RNLI’s Float to Live
  • unexpectedly cold water or strong currents can catch even experienced swimmers off guard. Better to swim safely at one of the county’s organised events where support is provided

Bins and waste

Garden waste and other collections

Bin collections are running as normal from Wednesday 20 July.

We have cancelled garden waste collection services on Monday 18 and Tuesday 19 July.

The decision will allow crews to support the recycling and refuse rounds, reducing the workloads and demands of all crews in these extreme circumstances.

All other collections will continue as normal but may start earlier so that we can minimise the exposure to our collection teams during the hottest part of the day. Please make sure you have your bins out for collection by 6am.

We are unable to return later in the week to catch up on the cancelled garden waste collections and we are asking residents to hold onto their material until the next scheduled collection.

Waste recycling centres

Recycling centres are open as normal from Wednesday 20 July.

Due to the extreme temperature, all waste recycling centres closed for the safety of the staff and members of the public.

Rough sleeper support

We are working with partner agencies and voluntary services are providing water, sun cream, guidance and shelter stations for rough sleepers and the homeless community throughout the district.

Stations in North Northamptonshire


  • The Cube, Main Reception, Parkland Gateway, George Street, Corby, Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm
  • Corby Swimming Pool, Parkland Gateway, George Street, Corby, Saturday and Sunday, 8am to 5pm

East Northamptonshire

  • East Northamptonshire House, Cedar Dr, Thrapston, NN14 4LZ, Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm
  • Rushden Council Customer Service Desk, Newton Road, NN10 0PT, Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm
  • Rushden Library, Newton Road, Saturday, 9am to 5pm
  • Rushden- Baptist Church, Highfield Rd, Sunday, 9am to 1pm
  • St Marys Church, 1 High Street, Rushden NN10 0QU, Sunday, 8.30am to 7pm


  • Council Municipal Office, Bowling Green Road, Kettering, NN15 7QX, Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm
  • St Edwards Catholic Church, Soup Kitchen, Tuesday, 3pm to 5pm
  • Accommodation Concern, Meadow Road, Kettering, Monday to Friday, 12:30pm to 4pm
  • Johnny's Happy Place, 97 Rockingham Road, Kettering, NN16 9HX, Saturday and Sunday, 10am to 2pm
  • St Andrews Church, 24 Rockingham Road, Kettering, NN16 8JS, Saturday and Sunday, 10am to 2pm


  • Daylight Centre, High Street, Wellingborough, Monday to Friday, 10am to 1pm
  • Daylight Centre Shop, 2 Cambridge Street, NN8 1DJ, Monday to Friday, 1pm to 4pm
  • All Hallow’s Church, 1 Pebble Lane, NN8 1AS, Saturday, 9am to 12 noon and Sunday, 1pm to 4pm
  • Wellingborough Library, Pebble Lane, NN8 1AS, Saturday, 9am to 4pm

The whereabouts and identity of any rough sleeper’s location should be reported to the Rough Sleeping Team during office hours:

School closures

Your school should notify you if they make the decision to close. Please check your school's website if needed.


Please take care and ensure the ashes are completely cold before putting them in your refuse bin – best extinguished with water to make sure they are safe. Hot ashes can melt or even cause fires in bins and in the waste collection vehicles.


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