Hottest day of the year so far
The Met Office has warned temperatures could reach 32 or 33C (90 or 91F) today with a chance it could reach as hot as 35C (95F).
Public Health England advises wearing light, loose clothing and drinking plenty of cool drinks. Employers should ensure indoor areas are kept cool and flexible working hours should be considered.
The main risks posed by a heatwave are dehydration, overheating, heat exhaustion and heatstroke. Those most at risk are older people, especially those over 75, babies and young children, people with a serious chronic condition- especially heart or breathing problems, those with mobility problems and people who are physically active such as labourers or those taking part in sports.
Some tips for coping in hot weather:
- Avoid the heat and stay out of the sun between 11am and 3pm
- Keep rooms cool by using shades or reflective material outside the windows or use light coloured curtains and keep them closed.
- Have cool showers or baths and splash yourself with cold water where possible
For more ways to stay healthy in the heatwave visit the NHS website.