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Hot weather on the way

Released on: 16 June 2017

Over the next few days we may experience weather hot enough to trigger heat health alerts, according to Met Office forecasts.

Even if temperatures do not hit extreme levels, Public Health England (PHE) still advises people to keep safe in the sun, seek shade to cool down and keep hydrated with plenty of cool fluids.

Top advice for being sun safe:

  • Try to keep out of the sun between 11am to 3pm.
  • Wear UV sunglasses, preferably wraparound, to reduce UV exposure to the eyes, walk in the shade, apply sunscreen of at least SPF15 with UVA protection, wear a wide brimmed hat and light, loose-fitting cotton clothes. This should minimise the risk of sunburn.
  • Drink lots of cool drinks and when travelling ensure you take water with you.
  • Look out for others especially vulnerable groups such as older people, young children and babies and those with serious illnesses.
  • Never leave anyone in a closed, parked vehicle, especially older people, infants, young children or animals.

It can get uncomfortably hot indoors too. Try to keep your bedroom and living space cool, by closing the curtains on windows that face the sun and opening your windows at cooler times of the day and overnight when you can. Turn off non-essential lights and electrical items as these generate heat.

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