Hot weather advice


Most of us enjoy the hot weather, but when it's hot for too long, it can be a risk to health. Very young children, the serious ill or elderly are most at risk. However, heat exhaustion can happen to anyone.

Even if temperatures do not hit extreme levels, people are advised 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 hat and light scarf. Wear light, loose-fitting cotton clothes. This should minimise the risk of sunburn.

  • Drink lots of cool drinks

  • Look out for others especially vulnerable groups such as the older people, young children and babies and those with serious illnesses

  • Never leave anyone in a closed, parked vehicle, especially infants, young children or animals

  • Remember that it can get uncomfortably hot indoors too. Try to keep your bedroom and living space cool, by closing the curtains on windows that receive 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.

Advice for those with pets

  • Walk your dog in the early morning or evenings, when it's cooler - if you can't hold your hand on Tarmac for seven seconds, it's too hot for your dog's paws

  • Ensure your pets have plenty of water and shade all day

  • Never leave your dog in a warm car - if it's 22C outside, inside a car it can get to 47C within 60 minutes and winding down a window is not enough to help your dog. If you see a dog in distress in a hot car, call 999 immediately

  • Look out for signs of heatstroke in your dog including heavy panting, excessive drooling, drowsiness or poor coordination, vomiting or collapsing. To treat heatstroke, pour small amounts of tepid water on their body (never cold water) and help them drink small amounts of tepid water. Once their breathing settles, call a vet.