The Met Office has issued a 'level 3' health warning in the south east of England with temperatures expected to soar yet again across the UK.
As emergency and social services prepare for the heat there are things you can do to stay cool and enjoy the weather safely.
Hot weather can cause dehydration, overheating (which can exacerbate heart and breathing problems), heat exhaustion and heatstroke. It is important to keep cool and plan ahead as the mercury rises.
How to stay cool
The following advice applies to everybody when it comes to keeping cool and comfortable and reducing health risks:
- Shut windows and pull down the shades when it is hotter outside. Open windows for ventilation when it is cooler.
- Avoid the heat: stay out of the sun and avoid going out between 11am and 3pm (the hottest part of the day).
- Wear loose, cool clothing, and a hat if you go outdoors.
- Have cool baths or showers, and splash yourself with cool water.
- Drink cold drinks regularly, such as water and fruit juice. Avoid tea, coffee and alcohol.
- Plan ahead to make sure you have enough supplies, such as food, water and any medications you need.
- Check up on friends, relatives and neighbours who may be less able to look after themselves.
- Read more: What makes this heatwave different?
- Read more: Level 3 heat health warning
Who is most at risk?
A heatwave can affect anyone, and everyone should try and avoid the heat but the most vulnerable people in extreme heat are:
- older people, especially those over 75
- babies and young children
- people with a serious chronic condition, especially heart or breathing problems
- people with mobility problems
- people with serious mental health problems
- people who misuse alcohol or drugs
- people who are physically active, for example labourers or those doing sports
Prevention is better than cure with sunburn and it is better to use sunscreen and use shade to avoid the any burns.
If you have suffered from sunburn you should avoid further exposure to sunlight and cover any sunburned areas until it has healed.
You can use lukewarm water to cool any sunburn and you should drink plenty of fluids to prevent dehydration.
For mild sunburn after sun or moisturiser can help soothe the skin.
Fore more information see the NHS website.
- Source: NHS Choices