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Staying well during hot weather

Extreme heat presents several risks to health. Remember to check on vulnerable neighbours, family, or friends daily during hot weather.

Older people, young children, and people with long-term conditions are the most vulnerable and may need help keeping cool.

Below are some tips for staying safe and cool in hot weather.

  • Close curtains on rooms that face the sun to keep indoor spaces cooler and remember it may be cooler outdoors than indoors.
  • Open windows at night if it feels cooler outside (only if possible and safe).
  • Drink plenty of fluids and avoid excess alcohol, dress appropriately for the weather and slow down when it is hot.
  • Try to keep out of the sun between 11am to 3pm, when UV radiation is strongest.
  • If you have to go out, stick to the shade where you can and regularly apply sunscreen.
  • Make sure you take water with you if you are travelling.
  • Look out for the signs of heat-related harm, such as intense thirst, a headache and painful muscle spasms.

More tips for coping in the hot weather can be found on the NHS website via the link here.