The UK is expected to have its hottest week as the Met Office issued a red extreme heat warning on Monday and Tuesday in most parts of England.
People are urged to stay safe and look out for family and friends. For concerns about heat exhaustion, you can book a video consultation with our private GP. The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) has given some top ways for staying safe when the heat arrives which are as follows:
- Please 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 by closing curtains on rooms that face the sun – and remember that it may be cooler outdoors than indoors
- Drink plenty of fluids and avoid excess alcohol
- Never leave anyone in a closed, parked vehicle, especially infants, young children, or animals
- Check that fridges, freezers, and fans are working properly
- Try to keep out of the sun between 11 am to 3 pm, when the UV rays are strongest
- Walk in the shade, apply sunscreen and wear a wide-brimmed hat, if you have to go out in the heat
- Avoid physical exertion in the hottest parts of the day
- Make sure you take water with you if you are travelling
- Take care and make sure to follow local safety advice if you are going into the water to cool down.