Staying safe and coping in hot weather
The Met Office has forecast exceptionally hot and humid weather for today, Thursday 25 July, with temperatures of 38°C possible in the south east of England.
While many people welcome some summer sun, it’s important to make sure that high temperatures – like we’ve experienced recently – do not harm you or anyone you know.
A heatwave can affect anyone, but some people are more vulnerable and at risk.
These include older people, babies and young children, and people with serious long-term conditions – particularly heart or breathing problems.
Please make sure that you, your family, friends and neighbours follow these top tips for staying safe and coping with the heat:
- Try to keep out of the sun between 11am and 3pm – the hottest part of the day
- Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated
- Find somewhere cool – try and regulate the temperature in your house by opening windows, or shutting blinds to keep out sunlight
- Have cool baths or showers, or splash yourself with cool water
- If you do go out, wear sunscreen and re-apply regularly
- Wear loose, cool clothing, and a hat and sunglasses
- Plan ahead to make sure you have all the medicines you need
If you or someone you know is feeling unwell, take them to a cool place and call NHS 111 for advice
- Check up on friends, relatives and neighbours who may be less likely or able to look after themselves
For more information on how to cope in hot weather, please visit www.nhs.uk/heatwave