Feeling the heat? Stay healthy in the heatwave

Hot, bothered and feeling worn out? As much as we Brits love the sunshine, it’s not all beaches and barbecues.

As the temperature continues to soar, many of us are feeling the downside of the hot weather. Check out our top tips on staying healthy in the heatwave.

You may be struggling to get to sleep, feeling low on energy and becoming generally irritable and sticky.¬†These are some of the less severe effects. Extreme hot weather can cause you to become unwell if you don’t take the necessary precautions. Living in a drizzly and cloudy climate, we’re not used to dealing with the heat, but failing to take care of ourselves in the sun can cause serious illness.

Heat-induced illness

Hot weather can cause:

  • Overheating
  • Dehydration
  • Heatstroke
  • Heat Exhaustion

All these ailments can put your health at risk and make you feel very unwell.

Who is at risk?

Although we should all be conscious of protecting ourselves from the heat, certain people are more vulnerable to the heat and may be more likely to suffer illness. NHS Choices advises which groups of people should take extra precautions.

If you are a carer or parent of a young child, remember your loved one may be less tolerant of the heat, so take extra care to make sure they are safe and comfortable.

Met Office issues Level 3 Alert

The UK is currently under a Level 3 Heat-Health Watch Alert. This means that a heatwave is happening in at least one region, so we should be take action.

Stay healthy in the heatwave

Staying healthy in the heatwave

If you’re planning on getting outdoors to enjoy the sunshine this weekend, take the following steps to look after your health in the heatwave:

1. Stay out of the sun during the hottest time of the day (11am-3pm).

2. Wear loose clothing that covers your shoulders- this is a common burn spot.

3. Wear a hat and sunglasses.

4. Stay hydrated- have cold drinks regularly and avoid caffeine, alcohol and sugary drinks.

5. Make sure you have everything you need when going out for the day. Take plenty of food, water and any medication you will need.

For staying cool at home:

1. Have cool baths and showers and spritz yourself with cool water as needed.

2. Close the windows and blinds when it’s hot outside.

3. Spend time relaxing in the coolest room of the house; somewhere out of the sun.

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