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Top tips on how to stay safe during a heatwave

Temperatures are set to soar to at least 33C in parts of the country later this week, including Lincolnshire.

A heat-health alert has been issued by the Met Office, urging people to stay indoors.

The NHS Sandwell ​and West Birmingham Clinical Commissioning Group have issued some key advice on how to stay safe in the sun:

  • Stay out of the sun.
  • Drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration in hot weather
  • Apply sunscreen with a factor of at least 15 and preferably higher
  • Use sunscreen to protect babies and children, and ensure they have plenty of fluids when outside in the open air
  • Make sure children do not become overheated or dehydrated when indoors
  • If travelling by car, take drinking water for the journey and ensure children do not become overheated
  • Never leave anyone in a closed, parked vehicle, especially infants, young children or animals
  • Wear a hat and light, loose-fitting clothes, preferably cotton
  • Use sun glasses that offer your eyes 100 UV protection
  • Keep your home as cool as possible – shading windows and shutting them during the day may help. Open them when it is cooler at night.
  • If there's anybody you know, for example an older person living on their own, who might be at special risk, make sure they know what to do