Advice on keeping cool as temperatures soar
Temperatures are set to soar this week and it is forecast to be at least 30 degrees Celsius for several days, with isolated thunderstorms a possibility later in the week.
To help people stay safe in the heatwave we are advising them to think about staying out of the heat, find ways of keeping themselves and their living spaces cool, and look out for neighbours, friends and relatives who may be less able to look after themselves.
Some top tips include:
- if possible try and stay out of the sun during the hottest parts of the day
- if you do have to go out in the sun, walk in the shade, apply sunscreen and wear a hat and light scarf
- have plenty of cold drinks, and avoid excess alcohol, caffeine and hot drinks
- ensure that babies, children or elderly people (not forgetting animals) are not left alone in stationary cars
- check on elderly or sick neighbours, family or friends every day during a heatwave
Both Public Health England and NHS have further tips on how to cope in the hot weather.
Last updated: 23 July 2019