Many of us enjoy the increase in temperature, but when it's too hot there are health risks, particularly for those over the age of 65 or those with pre-existing health conditions such as respiratory and cardiovascular diseases.
Follow these tips to stay safe in hot weather:
- Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids, particularly water, and avoiding alcohol, caffeine, or hot drinks
- Check on vulnerable family, friends, and neighbours
- Know the symptoms of heat stroke or heat exhaustion
- Keep out of the sun between 11am and 3pm when the sun is at its strongest
- Close windows and curtains in rooms that face the sun to keep your home cool
- Wear clothes that provide sun protection including hats and sunglasses
- Apply a sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 30 and at least a 4-star ultraviolet A radiation (UVA) protection
- Take extra care to protect children and babies
- Follow the weather updates and advice on keeping well in the heat
- Contact NHS 111 when you fall ill or get injured but it is not an emergency.