Please take extra care as the temperatures soar this week.

While most of us enjoy the warm sunshine, extreme heat can be a health risk. It can be especially dangerous for the very young and older people and those with serious illnesses. In particular, it may make heart and respiratory problems worse and in extreme cases, can lead to heat stroke, which can be fatal.

The following advice will help you enjoy the sun safely:

  • Keep out of the heat and seek shade between 11am and 3pm. If you have to go out in the heat, walk in the shade, apply sunscreen and wear a hat
  • wear light, loose fitting cotton clothes
  • Stay Cool
  • Drink cold drinks regularly
  • never leave anyone in a closed, parked vehicle, especially infants, young children or animals

Remember that it can get uncomfortably hot indoors too. Try to keep your bedroom and living space cool, by closing the curtains on windows that receive the sun and opening your windows at cooler times of the day and overnight when safe to do so. Turn off non-essential lights and electrical items as these generate heat.

During a heatwave it is particularly important to check up on friends, relatives and neighbours who may be less able to look after themselves. People with serious health problems (for example heart conditions), should avoid going out in the heat, especially between 11am and 3pm.

For more tips on how to prepare for the hot weather visit the NHS Choices website. If you are concerned about your health contact your GP, local pharmacy or call NHS 111.

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