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Stay Cool in This Week’s Hot Weather

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With weather forecasters predicting a hot, sunny end to the week, health leaders are encouraging people to stay cool and look after themselves.  

Much of the advice on beating the heat is common sense. But before hot weather arrives, it's worth thinking about what you can do to protect yourself and your family.

For some, including older people, those with underlying health conditions and those with young children, the summer heat can bring real health risks. 

This is why we’re urging everyone to keep an eye on those you know who may be at risk. 

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With temperatures predicted to reach more than 25°C this week, we are all being urged to take it easy in the heat by following this simple advice:

The top for staying safe in the heat

  • Look out for others, especially older people, young children and babies and those with underlying health conditions
  • Close curtains on rooms that face the sun to keep indoor spaces cooler and remember it may be cooler outdoors than indoors - keeping your living space cool is especially important for infants, older people or those with long-term health conditions
  • Drink plenty of fluids and avoid excess alcohol 
  • Never leave anyone in a closed, parked vehicle, especially infants, young children or animals
  • Try to keep out of the sun between 11am to 3pm
  • Walk in the shade, apply sunscreen and wear a hat, if you have to go out in the heat
  • Avoid physical exertion in the hottest parts of the day
  • Wear light, loose fitting cotton clothes
  • Make sure you take plenty of water with you if you are travelling

Seek medical advice if you are suffering from a long-term medical condition or taking multiple medications and have unusual symptoms: 

  • If you feel dizzy, weak, anxious or have intense thirst and headache, move to a cool place as soon as possible. Drink some water or diluted fruit juice to rehydrate, avoid alcohol and caffeinated drinks like tea or coffee.
  • If you have painful muscular spasms (particularly in the legs, arms or abdomen, for example after sustained exercise during very hot weather), rest immediately in a cool place and drink electrolyte drinks. 

You should start to recover within 30 minutes. If not, you should seek medical help. Consult your doctor if you feel unusual symptoms, or if symptoms persist

If you feel unwell after being in the sun for some time, it’s a good idea to go somewhere cool to rest and have a cool shower or bath. 

If you are breathless, or are confused or dizzy, please visit the NHS Choices website, call NHS 111 or seek advice from your local pharmacy.

Find more heat health information on the NHS Choices website

If you still feel unwell after following the advice above, you should make an appointment to see your GP. Your local pharmacy can also help provide over the counter remedies and prescriptions during the season.

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