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/