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Hot Weather Advice

Although there’s much fun to be had in warm weather, if the weather is too hot for a prolonged period of time it can have a negative impact on health and exacerbate existing health condition; there are a number of tips or coping in hot weather:

  • Shut windows and pull down shades when it is hotter outside and open windows for ventilation when it is cooler
  • Stay out of the sun between 11am and 3pm
  • Keep rooms cool by using shade or using reflective material outside the windows and if this is not possible use light-coloured curtains
  • Have cool baths and showers, and splash yourself with water to keep cool
  • Drink plenty of fluids and avoid excessive alcohol and choose diet or sugar-free drinks
  • Listen to alerts on radio, TV and social media about keeping cool
  • Wear loose, cool clothing, and a hat, sunglasses and sunscreen if you go outdoors
  • Check up on friends, relatives and neighbours who are less able to look after themselves
  • Do not leave anyone in a closed, parked vehicle, especially infants, children or animals
  • Make sure that you carry water with you when travelling

You should seek help from a GP or NHS 111 if someone is showing signs or symptoms of:

  • Breathlessness
  • Chest pain
  • Confusion
  • Intense thirst
  • Weakness
  • Dizziness
  • Cramps that get worse or don’t go away

During a heatwave people may suffer from heat exhaustion and heatstroke. Follow the link to the NHS heat exhaustion and heatstroke to see what the signs are, how to cool a person down, and how to prevent them.

There is a national heat wave plan that identifies risks and how to prepare.