The heat is on

The Met Office has forecast that temperatures could rise higher than 30c over the next few days. The high temperatures could give rise to health risks especially for the very young, older people and people with serious illnesses. 

In a heatwave people may get dehydrated and their bodies may overheat. This can cause heat exhaustion which can cause many symptoms including; headaches, dizziness, nausea, vomiting, muscle weakness or cramps, pale skin and a high temperature. 

It is important if you start to feel unwell to seek medical advice as soon as possible or it could develop into heatstroke which can cause serious health problems.

Follow these simple steps to help you stay safe in the heat:

• Try to keep out of the sun between 11am - 4pm
• Apply sunscreen of at least SPF15 with UVA protection regularly
• Wear UV sunglasses, preferably wraparound, to reduce UV exposure to the eyes
• Wear light, loose-fitting cotton clothes and a hat
• Drink lots of cool drinks
• Turn off non-essential lights and electrical items as these generate heat
• Keep indoor areas cool by closing the curtains
• Open the windows at cooler times of the day and overnight when it’s safe to do so
• Take particular care to keep older people, young children and babies, and those with serious illnesses cool and hydrated
• Never leave babies, children or animals in a closed, parked vehicle.

Check the weather forecast and any high temperature health warnings with the Met Office.   

For more health advice, contact NHS Choices on 111 or NHS Online for information about who is most at risk, preparing for hot weather, heat exhaustion and heatstroke.