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Summer Heatwave

During a heatwave people and animals are at risk from the effects of high temperatures. Here are some ways to reduce the risk:

  • Apply high-factor sun-screen regularly during the day.

  • Try to keep your house cool.  Closing blinds and curtains can help.

  • Keep your bedrooms well ventilated.

  • Take cool (not cold) showers or baths, or sprinkle yourself with water throughout the day.

  • Wear lightweight, loose and light-coloured clothing and a wide-brimmed hat.

  • Drink plenty of fluids, but not alcohol or caffeine, which dehydrate the body.

  • If you’re driving, keep your vehicle ventilated to avoid drowsiness.

  • Take regular breaks and keep plenty of water in the vehicle.

  • Try to avoid going out during the hottest part of the day (11.00 am - 3.00 pm).

  • Avoid being in the sun for long periods.

  • Check on vulnerable neighbours daily.

  • Avoid excessive physical activity (it can cause heatstroke or heat exhaustion).

  • Restrict physical activity to the cooler periods at the start and end of the day.

  • Make sure that babies, children, elderly people or animals are not left alone in stationary cars.

  • Be alert and call the health services if someone is unwell or further help is needed.

  • Contact your GP or the NHS by dialling 111.

  • To keep up to date with the latest forecast and for information about heatwave, alerts visit

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