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Heatwave: How to cope in hot weather

Most of us welcome hot weather, but when it's too hot for too long there are health risks.  If a heatwave hits this summer, make sure the hot weather doesn't harm you or anyone you know.

Why is a heatwave a problem?

The main risks posed by a heatwave are:

  • dehydration (not having enough water)
  • 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?

A heatwave can affect anyone, but the most vulnerable people are:

  • older people, especially those over 75
  • babies and young children
  • people with a serious condition, especially heart or breathing problems
  • people with mobility problems - for example, people with Parkinson's disease or who have had a stroke
  • people with mental health problems
  • people on certain medications, including those that affect sweating and temperature control
  • people who misuse alcohol or drugs
  • people who are physically active - for example, labourers or those doing sports

For more information please visit NHS Choices

Find out more about Sunscreen and sun safety

Public Health England (PHE) has advice on how to stay safe in a heatwave

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