The Met Office has issued a level 3 hot weather warning across Cambridgeshire – lasting until Saturday (27 July) morning. Temperatures are predicted to remain over 30 degrees over the next few days, with warm and humid conditions expected to continue overnight.
Hot weather can be uncomfortable for most people. However for the old, very young and those with an ongoing health condition it can have very negative effect upon their health. There some key actions people can take to reduce the ill effects of very hot weather.
If you know or work with these and any other vulnerable people who may be at risk of becoming unwell in high temperatures please check on them and take action to lessen the effects of the heat.
Here are some practical tips on how to stay cool and beat the heat:
- Shade or cover windows that are exposed to direct sunlight during the day, and open windows at night when the temperature has dropped.
- Drink plenty of water as sugary, alcoholic and caffeinated drinks, including tea and coffee, can make you more dehydrated.
- Make sure you take water with you if you are travelling or out and about.
- If you are working or going outdoors during the heatwave make sure you are protected with sun screen, and keep yourself hydrated by consuming plenty of water.
- Walk in the shade, apply sunscreen and wear a hat, if you have to go out in the heat.
- 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.
- Avoid physical exertion in the hottest parts of the day.
- Wear light, loose fitting cotton clothes.