Beat the Heat
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Beat the Heat

Tips to help you stay safe and enjoy the summer

When it comes to British weather most of us welcome a hot summer, but when it's too hot for too long there are health risks to our community.

If a heatwave hits this summer, make sure you're prepared to beat the heat and look after yourself, family and friends.

Why is a heatwave a problem?

The main risks posed by a heatwave are: 

  • dehydration (not having enough water)
  • overheating, which can make symptoms worse for people who already have problems with their heart or breathing
  • heat exhaustion and heatstroke

Who is most at risk?

A heatwave can affect anyone, but the most vulnerable people are:

  • older people, especially those over 75
  • babies and young children
  • people with a serious chronic condition, especially heart or breathing problems
  • people with mobility problems 
  • people with serious mental health problems 
  • people on certain medications, including those that affect sweating and temperature control
  • people who misuse alcohol or drugs
  • people who are physically active - for example, labourers or those doing sports

For more NHS advice please click here:


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Tips for coping in hot weather

  • Shut windows and pull down the shades when it is hotter outside. You can open the windows for ventilation when it is cooler.
  • Avoid the heat: stay out of the sun and don't go out between 11am and 3pm (the hottest part of the day) if you're vulnerable to the effects of heat.
  • Keep rooms cool by using shades or reflective material outside the windows. If this isn't possible, use light-coloured curtains and keep them closed.
  • Have cool baths or showers, and splash yourself with cool water.
  • Drink plenty of fluids and avoid excess alcohol.
  • Keep up to date with the weather by listening to alerts on the radio, TV and social media. 
  • Plan ahead to make sure you have enough supplies, such as food, water and any medication you need.
  • Identify the coolest room in the house so you know where to go to keep cool.
  • Wear loose, cool clothing and a hat and sunglasses if you go outdoors.
  • Check up on friends, relatives and neighbours. 

For more Public Health England information click here: