Let’s #BeatTheHeat this summer: how to cope in hot weather
Most of us welcome hot weather, but when it’s too hot for too long, there are health risks. If a heatwave hits this summer, make sure the hot weather does not harm you or anyone you know.
Why is a heatwave a problem?
The main risks posed by a heatwave are:
- not having enough water (dehydration)
- overheating, which can make symptoms worse for people who already have problems with their heart or breathing
- heat exhaustion and heatstroke
Who is most at risk?
A heatwave can affect anyone, but the most vulnerable people are:
- older people, especially those over 75
- babies and young children
- people with a serious long-term condition, especially heart or breathing problems
- people with mobility problems – for example, people with Parkinson’s disease or who have had a stroke
- people with serious mental health problems
- people on certain medicines, including those that affect sweating and temperature control
- people who misuse alcohol or drugs
- people who are physically active – for example, labourers or those doing sports
Heatwave and Coronavirus
During the Coronavirus pandemic, it’s especially important that you know what actions to take to keep yourself and others safe from high temperatures.
Download the ‘Coping with Heat and Coronavirus’ leaflet to stay safe in hot weather.
To find out how you can prepare for a heatwave including tips for coping in hot weather visit the nhs.uk website.