Looking after yourself and others during a heatwave

There is increasing talk of heatwaves during our summers in the UK. Most of us enjoy sunny weather but a prolonged period of intense heat can damage health.

When the heat is on people can easily dehydrate and the body can overheat leading to heat exhaustion and then heatstroke. Both need urgent attention.

Heat exhaustion and heat stroke

Visit the NHS website to find out about the heat exhaustion and heatstroke and the actions to take if you or someone else are showing signs of either condition. Also see: 

Heatwave warnings

Check the Met Office website for Met Office – UK: Severe Weather Warnings. Warnings are circulated prior to and regularly during periods of hot weather and are broadcast on TV and radio bulletins.

Heat in the workplace

Is it too hot to work? Find out from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) about heat stress, dehydration, visual impairment due to glare, sun protection, working in the sun & temperatures in places where food is handled.

Keeping your home cool

Advice on keeping your home cool the low energy way.

Advice for dog owners

Dogs die in hot cars. Visit the Dogs Trust and find out how to keep your dog safe and well during a hot spell.

For further information

Visit the Met Office for the Met Office – Weather and Environment for your area.

You can get advice on protecting your skin during hot weather from the Cancer Research UK Sun Smart.