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.