A heatwave can cause your body to become dehydrated and overheat, leading to exhaustion or heatstroke. Following the advice identified should help you look after yourself and others during hot weather:
- Listen to your local weather forecast so you will know whether a heatwave is on the way
- Avoid going out during the hottest part of the day (11am-3pm)
- If you must go out, try to stay in the shade. Wear a hat and light, loose fitting clothes (preferably cotton).
- Drink plenty of water, avoiding alcohol (it can make you dehydrated)
- Take cool showers or baths, and splash yourself several times a day with cold water.
The Department of Health and Met Office websites provide further information on heatwaves. You can also contact NHS Direct on 0845 4647 for advice about heat exhaustion and heatstroke.
The Cancer Research UK website gives advice for protecting your skin during hot weather.