Top tips to beat the heat

A week-long heatwave is forecast for much of the UK, with many people looking forward to the scorching sun. However, there is a darker side to the hot weather.  The heatwave two summers ago claimed nearly 800 lives in England and Wales, according to official figures.


As the Met Office experts issues a “Level 2” health alert for much of England, there are fears the soaring temperatures may place some people in danger.


Christine Perry, Director of Nursing at Weston Area Health NHS Trust says: “Heatwaves can be extremely dangerous, especially for the very young and old, and those with existing health conditions. Hot weather can affect the whole community; as temperatures rise the amount of people affected by heat-related health concerns increases.”


Before heading out to enjoy the sunshine, heed some advice from Weston Area Health NHS Trust to cope in the hot weather:


  • Avoid the heat: if you’re vulnerable to the effects of heat stay out of the sun and don’t go out between 11am and 5pm (the hottest part of the day).
  • Keep rooms cool by using shades or reflective material outside the windows. If this isn't possible, use light-coloured curtains and keep them closed (metallic blinds and dark curtains can make the room hotter).
  • Have cool baths or showers.
  • Drink cold drinks regularly, such as water and fruit juice. Avoid tea, coffee and alcohol.
  • Stay tuned to the weather forecast on the radio or TV, or on the Met Office website (
  • Plan ahead to make sure you have enough supplies, such as food, water and any medications you need.
  • Identify the coolest room in the house so you know where to go to keep cool.
  • Wear loose, cool clothing, and a hat if you go outdoors.
  • Check up on friends, relatives and neighbours who may be less able to look after themselves.
  • Watch our own Director of Nursing, Chris Perry, offering some advice on beating the heatwave, via BBC Points West: (From 10 minutes into the programme).