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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
  • Check up on friends, relatives and neighbours who may be less likely or able to look after themselves
If you or someone you know is feeling unwell, take them to a cool place and call NHS 111 for advice.
 
For more information on how to cope in hot weather, please visit www.nhs.uk/heatwave