Tips for coping in hot weather

The UK Health Security Agency and the Met Office have issued a Level 3 Heat alert for the South East from the early hours of tomorrow morning (Friday) until 9am on Sunday. So please look after yourself and look out for others.

Although most of us welcome the summer sun, high temperatures can be harmful to your health. In England, there are on average 2000 heat related deaths every year. Please see our top tips below for coping in hot weather.  

Why is a heatwave a problem?

The main risks posed by a heatwave are:

  • not drinking enough water (dehydration)
  • overheating, which can make symptoms worse for people who already have problems with their heart or breathing
  • heat exhaustion and heatstroke
Who is most at risk?
  • older people, especially those over 75
  • babies and young children
  • people with a serious chronic condition, particularly dementia, heart, breathing or mobility problems
  • people with serious mental health problems
  • people on certain medications, including those that affect sweating and temperature control (for example, diuretics, antihistamines, beta-blockers, and antipsychotics
  • people who are already ill and dehydrated (for example, from gastroenteritis)
  • people who misuse alcohol or drugs
  • people who are physically active (for example, soldiers, athletes, hikers, and manual workers)
  • homeless people

Homes can sometimes overheat during warmer weather. Even during a relatively cool summer 1 in 5 homes are likely to overheat. For more guidance on what you can do to keep cool at home visit gov.uk.

For more guidance on how to stay safe in hot weather visit gov.uk.