Hot weather advice
Although most of us look forward to the hot weather each summer, it can also be dangerous. Too much heat can lead to dehydration or heatstroke, particulary in vulnerable, very young and older people.
Here are a few tips to help you in the hot weather:
- Keep out of the sun from 11am and 3pm.
- Walk in the shade, apply sunscreen and wear a hat
- Avoid too much exercise, and remember to drink lots of water when active
- Wear light, loose-fitting cotton clothes
- Have plenty of cold drinks, and avoid drinking too much alcohol, caffeine or hot drinks
- Eat cold foods, particularly salads and fruit with high water content
- Take a cool shower or bath
- Open your windows at night when the temperature has dropped
- Avoid wrapping babies in heavy blankets
- If you have older neighbours check they are ok
- If you have pets, don't leave them in cars or conservatories, make sure they have water, and don't walk them from 11am to 3pm.
Check NHS Choices for more helpful advice on being prepared during a heatwave.