Large parts of England are experiencing hot weather this week and heatwave alerts have been issued across the country. While many people are enjoying the sunshine, it can also be extremely dangerous.

As a result, Public Health England is advising everyone to take heed of some important advice over the next few days.

Struggling to Adapt to the Heat

Temperatures are likely to rise throughout the week, which may leave older people, young children and those with long-term conditions, including heart and lung diseases, struggling to adapt to the heat. So, be sure to keep an eye on friends and family who may be at risk.

The hot weather has now been in place for several weeks and there has been an increase in the number of people who are attending GP surgeries and calling NHS 111 for heat related conditions such as sunburn, sunstroke, heatstroke and insect bites.

There is a high chance that temperatures will climb towards the weekend, leaving vulnerable people at risk. The over 65s, young children and those with health conditions can find normal activities a strain when temperatures get this high. To stay cool, avoid the sun during the hottest parts of the day, carry water with you when travelling and think what you can do stay cool when going to outdoor events.

Dr Thomas Waite, Consultant in Health Protection at Public Health England

Top Tips for Staying Safe

To ensure you keep safe in the hot weather, follow these simple steps from Public Health England:

  • Look out for others, especially older people, young children and babies and those with underlying health conditions
  • 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 water. Sugary, alcoholic and caffeinated drinks can make you more dehydrated
  • Never leave anyone in a closed, parked vehicle, especially infants, young children and animals
  • Try to keep out of the sun between 11am to 3pm
  • Take care and follow local safety advice, if you are going into the water to cool down
  • Walk in the shade, apply sunscreen and wear a hat, if you have to go out in the heat
  • Avoid physical exertion in the hottest parts of the day
  • Wear light, loose fitting cotton clothes
  • Make sure you take water with you, if you are travelling

Public Health England

General information about the current heatwave and other public health advice can be found at Public Health England.

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