Most of us welcome hot weather, but when itâ€™s too hot for too long, there are health risks.Â If a heatwave hits this summer, make sure the hot weather does not harm you or anyone you know.
Why is a heatwave a problem?
The main risks posed by a heatwave are:
- not having enough waterÂ (dehydration)
- 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 long-term condition, especially heart or breathing problems
- people with mobility problemsÂ â€“ for example, people with Parkinsonâ€™s disease or who have had a stroke
- people with serious mental health problems
- people on certain medicines, including those that affect sweating and temperature control
- people who misuse alcohol or drugs
- people who are physically active â€“ for example, labourers or those doing sports
Heatwave and Coronavirus
During the Coronavirus pandemic, itâ€™s especially important that you know what actions to take to keep yourself and others safe from high temperatures.
Download the â€˜Coping with Heat and Coronavirusâ€™ leaflet to stay safe in hot weather.
To find out how you can prepare for a heatwave including tips for coping in hot weather visit the nhs.uk website.