Heatwave: Tips on how to cope in hot weather

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People are urged to keep safe during the hot weather this weekend, as temperatures are expected to soar to 37°C (98.6°F) with the heatwave to continue to Sunday.

Public Health England (PHE) issued a heat health warning, as it advised people to stay cool indoors and look out for the elderly, children and pets.

Here are some tips on how to cope with the hot weather:

  • Keep hydrated

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People are asked to drink plenty of fluids and avoid excessive alcohol.

When travelling, people should remember to take a bottle of water with them.

  • Look out for others

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There are some people who may struggle to keep themselves cool and hydrated, including older people, those with underlying health problems and those who live on their own.

People should ensure pets or children are not kept in closed parked vehicles for their health and safety.

  • Stay cool indoors

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Closing curtains in rooms that face the sun can keep indoor spaces cooler.

People are advised to keep out of the sun between 11am and 3pm when the day is usually the hottest.

  • Take precautions outdoors

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If going outdoors, people should use cool spaces considerately and remember to keep their distance in line with social distancing guidelines.

People are advised to walk in the shade, apply sunscreen regularly and wear a wide-brimmed hat and light-coloured, loose clothing.

For those wanting to exercise, they should avoid doing so in the hottest parts of the day.

  • Watch out for heat exhaustion and heatstroke

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Signs of heat exhaustion include headache, dizziness and confusion, loss of appetite and feeling sick, excessive sweating, cramps, fast breathing or pulse and being very thirsty.

If someone has heat exhaustion, they should lie down in a cool place with their feet slightly raised.

They should drink plenty of water and cool their skin either with a spray or sponge with cool water, a fan or cold packs around the armpits or neck.

People are advised to call 999 if someone shows symptoms of heatstroke, which includes feeling unwell after 30 minutes of resting in a cool place and drinking plenty of water, not sweating, fast breathing or shortness of breath, feeling confused, a fit (seizure), loss of consciousness and unresponsive.

A person suffering heatstroke should be placed in the recovery position if they lose consciousness while waiting for help.