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How to keep cool this summer

The hot weather is set to continue Photo: Paula James

With the hot weather set to continue, NHS Direct Wales has issued some simple tips on how to keep cool this summer.

Stay out of the heat:

  • Keep out of the sun between 11am and 3pm
  • If you have to go out in the heat, walk in the shade, apply sunscreen and wear a hat and light scarf
  • Avoid extreme physical exertion
  • Wear light, loose-fitting cotton clothes

Cool yourself down:

  • Have plenty of cold drinks, but avoid caffeine and alcohol
  • Eat cold foods, particularly salads and moist fruit
  • Take a cool shower or bath
  • Sprinkle water over your skin or clothing, or place a damp cloth on the back of your neck

Keep your surroundings cool:

  • Keep windows and curtains that are in the sun closed during the day and open windows at night when the temperature has dropped
  • Consider putting external shading outside windows
  • Turn off non-essential lights and electrical equipment as they generate heat
  • Keep indoor plants and bowls of water in the house as evaporation helps cool the air

Look out for others:

  • Keep an eye on isolated, elderly, ill or very young people and make sure they are able to keep cool
  • Ensure babies, children or elderly people are not left alone in stationary cars
  • Check on elderly or sick neighbours, family or friends every day during a heatwave
  • Be alert and call a doctor or social services if someone is unwell or further help is needed.

Your can keep up to date with our latest weather forecasts here.

Head to the coast to keep cool Credit: ITV News