High temperatures can be dangerous, especially for the very young, elderly, or people with current health problems.
It is important to be ready by checking the weather.
Take a drink with you. Refill UK has an phone app you can download to find free water Refill Stations near to you when you are out and about.
During hot weather
- Drink plenty of fluids even if not thirsty. Avoid tea, coffee and alcohol as these will make you dehydrated
- Stay Indoors. If you have to go out in the heat, try to stay in the shade, use sun cream, wear a sunhat and sun glasses, wear loose light clothing
- Do not leave children or animals in parked cars. Even on cool days and with windows left open, strong sunshine can quickly make cars dangerously hot
- Visit vulnerable neighbours, try to visit instead of telephoning them as signs of heat stroke and exhaustion can be missed over the phone
- When inside use the coolest rooms and keep curtains/blinds closed in rooms that catch the sun. Shut windows when it’s cooler inside than out and open when it’s hotter inside than out. Leave open at night if safe
For a more comprehensive list of things to do in hot weather, Public Health Wales have good advice on how to stay cool in hot weather.
The Met Office has useful advice for how to stay safe in the sun and on the beach.
Age UK has advice on staying healthy during hot weather for older adults.
After hot weather
- Continue to drink plenty of water and monitor yourself and others for signs of heatstroke and heat exhaustion.