We’re having some unusually hot weather in Britain at the moment. At times, the temperature will be higher than in Barcelona and Miami.
When it’s very hot there can be health risks, particularly for the very young, elderly and those who are seriously ill. Very hot weather can make you dehydrated (which means you need to drink more water) and cause heat exhaustion or heatstroke. These problems can be more serious for people who already have problems with breathing or with their heart.
How to Stay Healthy in Hot weather
• Shut windows and pull down the shades when it is hotter outside. If it’s safe, open them for ventilation when it is cooler.
• Avoid the heat: stay out of the sun and don’t go out between 11am and 3pm (the hottest part of the day) if you’re vulnerable to the effects of heat.
• Keep rooms cool by using shades or reflective material outside the windows. If this isn’t possible, use light-coloured curtains and keep them closed (metallic blinds and dark curtains can make the room hotter).
• Have cool baths or showers, and splash yourself with cool water.
• Drink cold drinks regularly, such as water and fruit juice. Avoid tea, coffee and alcohol.
Source: NHS England
Heatstroke or heat exhaustion is one of the main health risks in hot weather. A person with heatstroke may feel sick, have red skin, feel hot and be very thirsty and confused. They may also lose consciousness.
If someone has heatstroke, try to give them something to drink and take them to somewhere cool. If they lose consciousness, have chest pains or problems breathing you should phone the emergency services.
If you’re careful, you can enjoy the sunny days and stay healthy.
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