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Tips and tricks to stay cool in the hot weather

Time for a paddle in Oxfordshire Photo:
Brighton's beach was packed with sun worshippers

The Met Office has forecast that the hot weather in the South East is set to last until Thursday. In response to what many of us might call 'the good news', Public Health England has re-issued its advice on dealing with the ongoing heat.

Much of the advice is common sense - staying cool, drinking lots of water to stay hydrated and avoid sunburn. However, some of us are at more risk of harm - and the rest of us are being asked to keep a watchful eye out for groups including people with underlying heart or lung conditions, older people, babies and young children.

A sunny day in Didcot

Temperatures today, were expected to be higher than 30 degrees Celsius in many places - which is above the point at which hot weather can have a major effect on public health.

“Spells of hot weather like this are enjoyed by many of us, but they can make a very real impact on some people’s health.

“That’s why it’s so important we all keep an eye on those likely to be most at risk, people with underlying heart and lung conditions, older people and those with younger children. Some people in these groups may not be able to take steps to keep themselves cooler – so if you’re able, ask your friends, family and neighbours if they need any support.”

– Angela Baker, Deputy Director of Health and Wellbeing for the South East
The beach at Margate today - perhaps everyone's at work or scoool

Tips from Public Health England on how to stay warm in the hot weather are as follows:

  • Close curtains on rooms that face the sun to keep indoor spaces cooler and remember it may be cooler outdoors than indoors
  • Drink plenty of water as sugary, alcoholic and caffeinated drinks can make you more dehydrated
  • Never leave anyone in a closed, parked vehicle, especially infants, young children or animals
  • Try to keep out of the sun between 11am to 3pm
  • Take care and follow local safety advice, if you are going into the water to cool down
  • Walk in the shade, apply sunscreen and wear a hat, if you have to go out in the heat
  • Avoid physical exertion in the hottest parts of the day
  • Wear light, loose fitting cotton clothes
  • Make sure you take water with you, if you are travelling

Unusual levels of Ultraviolet rays are being recorded in the UK at the moment, with the strength of UV in some places being as high as the levels in Cyprus or Gibraltar - places which are usually far hotter than the UK. Therefore Public Health England says it is really important that people take extra care in the sun right now.

“High pressure is dominating our weather bringing warm, humid air from the tropical Atlantic resulting in these high temperatures and sunny conditions over the coming days.

"These hot and sometimes humid conditions will continue well into the middle of the week when conditions will start to turn more unsettled in some areas before fresher conditions finally start to move across the country from the north and west later this week.”

– Dan Suri, Chief Meteorologist, The Met Office
Time for play as people and their pet dogs get a little wet

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