High temperatures can be dangerous, especially for the elderly, the very young and people with chronic or long-term medical conditions. Follow these tips below, to help cope during a heatwave.
- Enjoy the weather but try to stay cool
- Don't go outside between 11am and 3pm as this is the hottest part of the day
- Spend time in the shade and avoid strenuous activity
- Help others - check up on neighbours, relatives and friends who may be less able to look after themselves (eg if they have mobility problems)
- Drink water or fruit juice regularly
- Avoid tea, coffee and alcohol, and if you do drink alcohol make sure you have lots of water or other non-alcoholic drinks as well
- Keep rooms cool by using shade or reflective material external to the glass, or if that is not possible, by closing light-coloured curtains (metallic blinds and dark curtains can make the room hotter).
- Keep the windows closed while the room is cooler than it is outside and, if it's safe, open windows at night when the air is cooler.
People with heart problems, breathing difficulties or serious illnesses may find their symptoms become worse in hot weather, so make sure you have enough medicines in stock and take extra care to keep cool.