Heat wave

A heat wave is a period of abnormally hot weather. However when its too hot for too long a number of health risks and concerns arise.

High temperatures can be dangerous and sometimes fatal for:

  • elderly people
  • young children and babies
  • people with chronic / long term medical conditions.

The main risks during a heat wave are:

  • dehydration
  • heat exhaustion and heatstroke.

Staying safe

There are a number of ways to stay safe during a heat wave:

Please note do not cool off in open water as this can be extremely dangerous.

  • Stay out of the heat:
    • keep out of the sun between 11am and 3pm
    • wear light, loose-fitting clothes
    • If you must go out, stay in the shade, wear a hat and apply sun cream.
  • Stay cool:
    • stay inside
    • close curtains in the rooms that get a lot of sun
    • keep windows closed when the room is cooler then outside
    • open the windows then the temperature rises inside
    • open windows at night for ventilation
    • take cool showers or baths and splash your face and back of your neck with cool water regularly.
    • listen to alerts on the radio, TV and social media.
  • Drinking regularly:
    • drink regularly even if you do not feel thirsty – water and fruit juice are best
    • avoid tea, coffee and alcohol
    • eat cold foods, particularly salads and fruit which contain water.

How do I know when someone needs help?

Seek help from a GP or contact NHS 111 if someone is feeling unwell and shows symptoms of:

  • breathlessness
  • chest pain
  • confusion
  • cramps that get worse or don't go away
  • dizziness
  • intense thirst
  • weakness.

Visit the NHS website for advice on conditions, symptoms and treatments

Pet welfare in hot weather

Britain's RSPCA animal charity has issued advice on how people can help their pets stay cool as the mercury soars.

Dogs die in hot cars

Never leave dogs alone in a car on a warm day. If you see a dog in distress in a hot car, call 999.

Visit the RSPCA website for advice on pet welfare on a hot day

Last updated: 03/05/2022 15:01