With temperatures set to soar to a sweltering 32ºC and above this weekend, it’s important to stay cool and refreshed when the weather gets warmer.

Heat-related illnesses such as heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heat stroke are common and can take us by surprise. Please look out for family members, friends and neighbours who might be adversely affected.

People who are frail, have mobility problems or heart conditions are most at risk, along with older people who live alone without others to look out for them.

Even those of us who are healthy need to watch out: as we get older we sweat less and are therefore less able to regulate our body temperature.

Some top tips for staying cool:

  • Keep out of the heat
  • Avoid strenuous activity
  • Try to spend time in the coolest parts of your home
  • Keep windows open when you are at home, but still remember security measures
  • Drink lots of fluids
  • Eat cold food such as salad and fruit
  • Use damp towels or cloths to cool off
  • Keep up to date with weather forecasts

Contact a doctor or ring 111 if you are worried about your health during a heatwave.

28th June 2019