Hot weather advice

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Helpful tips for coping with the hot weather. 

As temperatures soar, we’ve pulled together some top tips to help you stay safe and cool.

Water and drinking

Stay hydrated - drink lots of water and cold drinks, but try to avoid excess alcohol and too much caffeine. If you have a cold/flu or existing illness, you could dehydrate more quickly – so keep that in mind when taking on fluids.

Windows, curtains and blinds

Close curtains and blinds on windows in rooms facing the sun to keep rooms cool. Try to keep windows open where you can, but don’t leave windows and doors open when you’re out of the house as it makes opportunist burglary easier.

Time of day

If possible, try to avoid going out in the sun between 11am and 3pm. The sun can burn in as little as 10 minutes at midday, so always take precautions - even if it looks cloudy. Our sun and saving Derwent Life article has some top tips on buying cheap sun cream, a must during sunny periods.

Lend a helping hand

Be sure to check on vulnerable neighbours and friends during the hot weather. Heat waves like cold spells can be particularly difficult to cope with if you have asthma or other respiratory conditions.  

Covering up

Wear loose clothing, a hat and sun glasses when you’re out in the sun. If you’re out and about walking or working in the sun remember to protect your neck and shoulders too! If you do get burnt make sure you keep your skin out of the sun until the redness has gone. It’s worth investing in after sun creams which can sooth your skin after being in the sun.

Baths and showers

A cool shower or bath is a great and quick way to cool down in hot weather, especially for children.

Pets

Animals can struggle during the hot weather too - so make sure pets have access to clean drinking water and somewhere shaded and cool to rest. Try to avoid walking dogs during the hottest times, and always do the hot hand test first (if you can’t hold your hand on the pavement for five seconds, it’s too hot for your dog to walk on). Although it’s common knowledge – remember to never leave any animal in a car, conservatory or caravan for even a short period of time.

Further reading

The NHS has published detailed advice on coping during a heatwave. You can also get more tips for keeping pets cool during the hot weather on the RSPCA website.