The Met Office has issued a heat alert for the south west of England, with temperatures expected to exceed 30 degrees on Wednesday and Thursday of this week.
Whilst many of us enjoy hotter weather, it can be dangerous, especially for the very young or old or those with long term illnesses. While we are under social distancing measures because of the coronavirus outbreak, it is even more important to be aware of the risks.
Take a look at our top 10 tips for staying well during a heatwave to help protect you and your family:
- Stay inside during the hottest time of the day between 11am-3pm. If you have to go outside, use factor 30 or above suncream, wear a hat and stay in the shade as much as possible.
- Try to keep your house cool by keeping curtains and blinds closed in rooms which catch the sun.
- Avoid housework and gardening during the hottest parts of the day.
- Carry a bottle of water when leaving the house or going out to exercise.
- Wear cool cloths with light-colours made of loose cotton clothing.
- Wear sandals with good support to help keep your feet cool.
- Take cool showers to cool down.
- Eat cool foods to cool down. Salads and fruits are cooling and contain a lot of water.
- Check for weather forecasts and temperature warnings using the Met Office website
- Check in on elderly or vulnerable relatives or friends to make sure they have everything they need and are doing well.
See the NHS heatwave page for more advice on how to cope during hot weather and who is the most vulnerable. Public Health England has also produced a useful document on coping in the heat during the coronavirus.
UV levels will also be very high in the coming days. You can find the latest UV forecast and sun protection advice on the Met Office UV index forecast page.