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Heatwave & how to cope!

Temperatures are due to soar in parts of the UK next week. 🥵

Met Office warning for 'extreme temperatures' as heatwave hits.

A 'Spanish surge' of warmth could push temperatures up at the start of next week and it could get even warmer next weekend.

While a bask in the sunshine is a wonderful thing, extreme heat can be deadly, affecting younger and older people, and those with chronic health conditions.

Why is a heatwave a problem?

The main risks posed by a heatwave are:

Not drinking enough water (dehydration) overheating, which can make symptoms worse for people who already have problems with their heart or breathing , heat exhaustion and heatstroke.

Who's most at risk?

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

Older people – especially those over 75

Those who live in a top floor flat, the homeless or those whose jobs are outside

Tips for coping in hot weather

Look out for those who may struggle to keep themselves cool and hydrated – older people, those with underlying health conditions and those who live alone are particularly at risk

Drink plenty of fluids and avoid excess alcohol .

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

Try to keep out of the sun between 11am to 3pm

Walk in the shade, apply sunscreen regularly and wear a hat, if you have to go out in the heat

Avoid exercising in the hottest parts of the day

Make sure you take water with you, if you are travelling

If you are going into open water to cool down, take care and follow local safety advice.

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