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Heatwaves and hot weather

Extreme heat can be dangerous to everyone.  During a heatwave, when temperatures remain high over more than a couple of days, it can prove fatal.

Older people over the age of 75, very young people and people with chronic or severe illnesses are most at risk.

Climate change means heat waves are likely to become more common in England.

During hot weather there is a risk of developing heat exhaustion, heatstroke and respiratory problems.  It is important to know that during an extreme heatwave even fit and healthy people can also be at risk.

Tips for coping during a heatwave:

  • Check up on friends, relatives and neighbours who may be less able to look after themselves
  • Shut and shade windows when it is hotter outside and open them for ventilation when it is cooler outside
  • If you are vulnerable to the effects of heat, avoid going out between 11am-3pm
  • Drink plenty of cold drinks like water or fruit juice and avoid tea, coffee and alcohol
  • Stay tuned to the weather forecast and plan ahead with supplies
  • Keep plenty of water to hand and stay in the shade where possible
  • Identify the coolest room in the house

For more information please see NHS heatwave advice.