Posted: Monday 9th July 2018
The heatwave is still expected to carry on this week, with temperatures continuing to reach mid-twenties to early thirties.
A lot of people are expected to be attending outdoor events in this weather as the football, tennis and children’s sports days are all currently happening this month.
Vulnerable residents are particularly susceptible to the heat, who may find it harder to adapt to these conditions. So, we are encouraging people to stay safe in sun throughout this warm spell by following some easy general tips:
- Stay out of direct sun between 11am and 3pm
- Wear loose-fitting clothes and a hat; apply sunscreen and walk in the shade
- Have plenty of cold drinks and keep cool with cold showers or baths if necessary, cold foods and by avoiding extreme activity.
- Keep homes cool as best you can, perhaps by keeping the curtains drawn on very hot days, and well ventilated.
- Remember some medicines need to be kept cool - check the instructions on the packet.
- Babies, children and older people (and pets) should not be left in stationary cars. If you feel unusually unwell consult your doctor if symptoms (such as headache, intense thirst, dizziness or muscular spasms) persist.
- Even if temperatures do not hit extreme levels, Public Health England (PHE) still advises people to keep safe in the sun, seek shade to cool down and keep hydrated with plenty of cool fluids.
- Public Health England is also advising that children do not take part in vigorous physical activity on days when the temperatures are above 30°C.
Public Health England's useful poster on sun safety messages.
Our fire service has also provided some useful tips for having a safe barbeque.