Heatwave: 10 top tips on how to cope in the hot weather

Often during the summer months, we can experience temperatures well above average for the time of year. While some throughly enjoy the heat when the temperatures start to climb into the thirties and stay with us for a prolonged period of time it can be a struggle to stay cool!

Here are some top tips on keeping yourself safe in the summer sun and how to staying cool in the heat!

Little boy running through a water sprinkler to stay cool Credit: Photo by MI PHAM on Unsplash

1. Look out for others - especially older people, young children and babies and those with underlying health conditions

2. Shade or cover windows that are exposed to direct sunlight during the day, and open windows at night when the temperature has dropped.

3. Drink plenty of water and always carry it - try to avoid too many sugary, alcoholic and caffeinated drinks as these can make you more dehydrated

Drink plenty of water Credit: Jacek Dylag from Unsplash

4. Never leave anyone in a closed vehicle - especially infants, young children or animals

5. Avoid the peak of the heat - stay out of the sun between 11am to 3pm

6. Protect your skin - Walk in the shade, apply sunscreen and wear a hat, if you have to go out in the heat

Apply sun cream Credit: PA

7. Avoid overworking the body in the heat - minimising physical exertion in the hottest parts of the day

8. Wear light, loose fitting cotton clothes

9. Look after your pets too - It's best to take the dog for a walk early in the morning when the temperatures haven't got too high. Avoid during the peak of the heat and late afternoon when the tarmac can reach temperatures higher than 50 degrees Celsius

10. Ditch the duvet - Sleepless nights are not fun. Ditch the duvet and sleep with a sheet instead

Ditch the duvet and use a sheet Credit: Andrew Neel on Unsplash

It's important that we look out for those at risk from high temperatures such as the elderly, the unwell or the very young; to ensure they are able to keep cool.

Hot weather is enjoyable for most people though for some it is uncomfortable. Sadly experience tells us that exposure to excessive heat can have a serious effect upon your health

Dr Liz Robin, Director of Public Health at Cambridgeshire County Council

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