Health and Wellbeing

Extremely Hot Weather

26 July 2018

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'It's a scorcher!!!' to quote The Sun, (even more appropriate!).


The temperatures have been rising for some weeks now. Many of us love this hot weather but all of us find it's very different having to work in these temperatures rather than simply lazing on a sun-lounger with occasional dips in the pool.


Here are the NHS Tips for Coping in Hot Weather:

  • Shut windows and pull down the shades when it is hotter outside. You can open the windows for ventilation when it is cooler.
  • Avoid the heat: stay out of the sun and don’t go out between 11am and 3pm (the hottest part of the day) if you’re vulnerable to the effects of heat.
  • Keep rooms cool by using shades or reflective material outside the windows. If this isn’t possible, use light-coloured curtains and keep them closed (metallic blinds and dark curtains can make the room hotter).
  • Have cool baths or showers, and splash yourself with cool water.
  • Drink cold drinks regularly, such as water and diluted fruit juice. Avoid excess alcohol, caffeine (tea, coffee and cola) or drinks high in sugar.
  • Listen to alerts on the radio, TV and social media about keeping cool.
  • Plan ahead to make sure you have enough supplies, such as food, water and any medications you need.
  • Identify the coolest room in the house so you know where to go to keep cool.
  • Wear loose, cool clothing, and a hat and sunglasses if you go outdoors.
  • Check up on friends, relatives and neighbours who may be less able to look after themselves.


Links to other advice on managing health in the hot weather:

Met Office Heat Health Watch

Public Health England Hot Weather Health Warnings 2018

NHS Choices: Heatwave: How to Cope in Hot Weather


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Last Updated: 29/01/2013