Most of us welcome hot weather, but when it's too hot for too long there are health risks. If a heatwave hits this summer, make sure the hot weather doesn't harm you or anyone you know.
The very young, the elderly and the seriously ill are the groups who are particularly at risk of health problems when the weather is very hot. In particular, very hot weather can make heart and breathing problems worse.
Top tips for keeping cool:
- Keep an eye on the weather forecast
- Shut doors and windows when the temperature outside is hotter
- Close blinds and curtains to keep out the sun
- Avoid the heat - by staying out of the sun between 11am and 3pm
- Drink plenty of water
- Wear loose fitting, cool clothing and a hat outside
- Have a cool bath or shower
- Identify the coolest room in the house
- If traveling take plenty of drinks, food, a hand held fan (if you have one) and any medication you might need
- When going out remember to wear sunscreen
- Check on friends and family