If a heatwave is forecast, try to plan your day so that you can avoid being outside during the hottest part of the day (11am to 3pm).
If you can't avoid strenuous activity like sport, DIY, or gardening, keep it for the cooler parts of the day such as early morning.
Who is most at risk from the heat?
Everyone should be careful in the sun, but some groups are more at risk than others. Those at greater risk are as follows:
older people - check on older neighbours and relatives as often as possible, reminding them to drink plenty and often
babies and young children - ensure they are kept in the shade and given regular drinks throughout the day to prevent them from dehydration
people with mental health problems
people with a serious chronic condition, particularly breathing or heart problems
people who already have a high temperature from an infection
people who use alcohol or illicit drugs
people with mobility problems
Advice for looking after yourself and others
stay hydrated - always carry water with you and drink regulary even if you do not feel thirsty. Try to avoid alcohol, tea and coffee as they can make dehydration worse.
wear protective clothing - wear loose fitting clothing, a hat, and sunglasses, where possible.
generously apply sunscreen - cover all exposed skin using a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of at least 15 that provides broad-spectrum protection from both ultraviolet A (UVA) and ultraviolet B (UVB) rays. Re-apply every two hours, even on cloudy days, and after swimming or towelling.
seek shade - stay in the shade when appropriate, especially between 11am-3pm when the sun's UV rays are at their strongest. Avoid taking part in outdoor activities such as sports, DIY or gardening during these times.
stay cool indoors - stay in the coolest rooms of your house keeping curtains closed, and take regular cool showers or baths. Open windows in different locations throughout your home, leaving doors open if possible to create a breeze throughout the house which will aid the cooling process. Turn off non-essential lights and electrical equipment as they generate heat. Electric fans may provide some relief, if temperatures are below 35°C.
Contact your doctor, pharmacist or NHS direct if you have any concerns about your health, skin or the effects of heat.
Ensure you protect pets by either bringing them inside or ensuring they are provided shade. Give them appropriate amounts of water and remember to refill as required. Never leave any pets alone in a car, especially during a heatwave.