UK heatwave: Hottest day on record likely with highs of up to 42C

UK Heatwave

Most of us enjoy warm weather, but when it’s too hot for too long, there are health risks. In England, there are on average 2000 heat related deaths every year. When the heatwave hits this summer, make sure it does not harm you or anyone you know.

The main risks posed by a heatwave are:

  • dehydration – not drinking enough water;
  • overheating – it can make symptoms worse for people who already have problems with their heart or breathing;
  • heat exhaustion and heatstroke;

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

  • older people – especially those over 75;
  • those who live on their own or in a care home or nursing home;
  • people who have a serious or long term illness – including heart or lung conditions, diabetes, kidney disease, Parkinson’s disease or some mental health conditions

What are the best ways to cope?

  • look out for those who may struggle to keep themselves cool and hydrated – older people, those with underlying health conditions and those who live alone are particularly at risk
  • close curtains on rooms that face the sun to keep indoor spaces cooler and remember it may be cooler outdoors than indoors
  • drink plenty of fluids and avoid any alcohol
  • never leave anyone in a closed, parked vehicle, especially infants, young children or animals
  • try to keep out of the sun between 11am to 3pm
  • walk in the shade, apply sunscreen regularly and wear a wide brimmed hat, if you have to go out in the heat
  • avoid exercising in the hottest parts of the day
  • make sure you take water with you, if you are travelling

PS: If you or someone else feels unwell with a high temperature during hot weather, it may be heat exhaustion or heatstroke.

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