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How to cope in hot weather

31 July 2020

Local health experts are urging people to protect themselves against the adverse effects of the predicted hot weather in coming days.

While many welcome hot weather, when it’s too hot for too long there are health risks. In England, there are on average 2000 heat related deaths every year. The people most likely to be affected are the elderly, the very young, and people with pre-existing medical conditions.

Remember, that while coronavirus restrictions are in place, you will need to follow government guidance to use public spaces safely.

During hot weather the NHS advises people to:

  • Look out for those who may struggle to keep themselves cool and hydrated – older people, those with underlying health conditions and those who live alone are particularly at risk
  • Stay cool indoors – many of us will need to stay safe at home this summer so know how to keep your home cool
  • If going outdoors, use cool spaces considerately, keep your distance in line with social distancing guidelines
  • Follow coronavirus social distancing guidance and wash your hands regularly
  • Drink plenty of fluids and avoid excess alcohol
  • When using sunscreen, the label should have:
    • a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 30 to protect against UVB
    • at least 4-star UVA protection
  • Try to keep out of the sun between 11am to 3pm
  • Wear a wide brimmed hat, if you have to go out in the heat
  • Avoid exercising in the hottest parts of the day
  • Make sure you take water with you, if you are out