It’s great to have some sun at last, but very hot weather can cause problems, and particularly for:
- Older people, especially aged over 75
- Babies and young children
- People with heart or breathing problems
- People who aren’t able to move around easily
- People on some medicines
To help you stay cooler in hot weather please take a look at these tips:
- Drink water through the day. Milk, fruit juice, smoothies, tea and coffee are also good. It’s best to avoid too much alcohol.
- Have cool baths or showers, and splash yourself with cool water.
- Close your windows and keep the curtains closed when it’s hotter outside. Open the windows and let some colder air in when it has cooled down outside.
- Keep rooms cool by using shades or fit mirrored window film. If you aren’t able to do this, use light-coloured curtains and keep them closed (metal blinds and dark curtains can make the room hotter).
- Make sure you have enough food, water and any medicines at home, so you don’t have to go out in the heat to get them.
- Stay in the coolest room in the house.
- Wear loose, cool clothes
- Stay out of the sun and do not go out between 11am and 3pm – this is the hottest part of the day
- Listen to the radio, TV and see social media for more information on how to keep cool.
For more information see https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/healthy-body/heatwave-how-to-cope-in-hot-weather/