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Local people advised to look after their health as temperatures set to soar

06 Aug 2020by lindseyh

With the temperatures set to soar over the next few days, people in Dudley are being urged to take care and stay safe in the hot weather.

 

Temperatures are forecast to soar to 28-30 degrees celsius between Friday and Sunday, with the Met Office issuing a heat health alert covering parts of England from midday Thursday to Sunday morning.

 

Dr Ruth Edwards, local GP and chair at Dudley Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “The hot weather encourages us all to step outside, even more so after the recent lockdown.  However, despite how good the outdoors looks, we still need to keep to the government guidance around social distancing, including avoiding large crowds where it may not be possible to social distance.

 

“At the same time, it is very important to look after your health by drinking plenty of water to keep hydrated and avoiding the sun when it is hottest.  By following our tips, we can all enjoy the good weather and keep healthy and safe.”

 

Coping with the heat and COVID-19 could be challenging this summer, so the NHS has shared the following top tips for coping in hot weather:

 

  • 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
  • close curtains on rooms that face the sun to keep indoor spaces cooler and remember it may be cooler outdoors than indoors
  • if going outdoors, use cool spaces considerately, and 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
  • never leave anyone in a closed, parked vehicle, especially infants, young children or animals
  • try to keep out of the sun between 11am to 3pm
  • walk in the shade, apply sunscreen regularly and 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 travelling
  • if you are going into open water to cool down, take care and follow local safety advice
  • Remember that while coronavirus restrictions are in place, you will need to follow government guidance to use public spaces safely

 

The warm weather arrives at a time when the government continues to urge caution over social activities. While restrictions for the coronavirus outbreaks have begun to ease, it is still important to follow government guidance and do what you can to stay safe and keep yourself cool whether you are inside or outside.

 

It is important to be on the lookout for signs of heat related illness and call NHS 111 if you are concerned, or 999 in an emergency. Residents should not be afraid to seek professional advice or care.

 

For more information about staying well in the hot weather, visit https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/healthy-body/heatwave-how-to-cope-in-hot-weather/