Temperatures could reach 40 degrees on Monday and Tuesday (18 and 19 July) so we are sharing tips for keeping cool in the hot weather.  

What are the health risks of a heatwave?

  • Not having enough water (dehydration).
  • Overheating, which can make symptoms worse for people who already have problems with their heart or breathing.
  • Heat exhaustion and heatstroke, which are potentially serious conditions that can occur if you get too hot.

Watch out for signs of heat related illness

If you or someone else feels unwell with a high temperature during hot weather or after physical exertion, you should stay alert to the possibility of heat-related illnesses such as heat exhaustion or heatstroke.

Find out more about the signs of heat exhaustion and heatstroke, and when to get help. 

Tips to stay safe when the heat arrives

  • Stay cool indoors: 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 make sure you take water with you, if you are travelling.
  • Try to keep out of the sun between 11am to 3pm, when the UV rays are strongest.
  • Walk in the shade, apply sunscreen and wear a wide-brimmed hat, if you have to go out in the heat.
  • Look out for those who may struggle to keep themselves cool and hydrated. This includes older or vulnerable people, those with underlying conditions and those who live alone.
  • Heat can also affect your pets, check out the advice here: Keeping your pet safe during a ‘mini heatwave’ | National Animal Welfare Trust (nawt.org.uk)