With a shortage of hot, sunny days in the UK, it is no wonder that their arrival is welcomed with open arms. Whilst basking in the sunshine is ideal for some, it is very important to recognise when enough heat is enough. High temperatures, especially for long periods of time carry serious health warnings.
Why is extreme heat a problem?
Very hot weather poses risks to anyone, including dehydration, overheating, heat exhaustion and heatstroke. It can also make heart and breathing problems worse, especially for the very young and the elderly. If you are taking certain medications such as those that control body temperate or sweating, you may wish to take extra precaution when temperatures are high.
8 Tips for keeping cool
The following tips are designed to prevent heat-related illness and help you keep cool and comfortable during hot summers days.
If you notice that someone feels unwell during high temperatures, get them to somewhere cool to rest, giving them plenty of cool fluids and seek medical help if necessary.