Met Office: Hot weather alert

Hot weather advice

Help to prevent heat-related illnesses by following the advice below:

Stay out of the heat: Keep out of the sun between 11am and 3pm. If you have to go out in the heat, walk in the shade, apply sunscreen and wear a hat and light scarf and avoid extreme physical exertion.

Cool yourself down: Have plenty of cold drinks, but avoid caffeine and alcohol. Eat cold foods, particularly salads and fruit with a high water content. Take a cool shower, bath or body wash by sprinkling water over the skin or clothing, or keep a damp cloth on the back of your neck.

Keep your environment cool: Keep windows that are exposed to the sun closed during the day, and open windows at night when the temperature has dropped. Have your loft and cavity walls insulated – this keeps the heat in when it is cold and out when it is hot.

Look out for others: Keep an eye on isolated, elderly, ill or very young people and make sure they are able to keep cool. Ensure that babies, children or elderly people are not left alone in stationary cars. Check on elderly or sick neighbours, family or friends every day during a heat wave and be alert and call a doctor or social services if someone is unwell or further help is needed.

For further heatwave health advice, which is especially important to groups that might be at more at risk during high temperatures, please see the NHS website.