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Tips to stay cool in the warm weather

Tips to stay cool in the warm weather
27 June 2019

With temperatures set to soar over the next few days plenty of people will have plans to head to the seafront, have a barbecue, go to a park or just soak up the sun at home.

But ensure you take a simple few precautions to keep yourself sun-safe and make sure a trip to A&E doesn’t end up on your list.

In Portsmouth and the south east Hampshire area the mercury levels are due to rise to 26 degrees on Friday and then stay in the mid-20s for the weekend.

While people are encouraged to get out and enjoy the sun, they are also being reminded to stay safe and keep an eye out for more vulnerable people in the community.

Dr Nick Moore, a local GP in Hampshire, said: “Weather like this is something many people look forward to every year and go out and enjoy.

“But it’s worth remembering that sunny spells can pose health risks for some people.

“While some of the advice may seem obvious – such as drink plenty of water, wear sunscreen and stay out of the sun between 11am to 3pm – it’s always good to remind people.

“It’s important to protect yourself from too much sun or heat, to carry water when travelling and to think of those, such as young children or older people, who may feel the heat more acutely than others.

“If you’re able, ask if your friends, family or neighbours need any support.”

The top ways for staying safe when the heat arrives are to:

  • Look out for others, especially older people, young children and babies and those with underlying health conditions
  • Close curtains on rooms that face the sun to keep indoor spaces cooler and remember it may be cooler outdoors than indoors
  • 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
  • Take care and follow local safety advice, if you are going into the water to cool down
  • Walk in the shade, apply sunscreen and wear a hat, if you have to go out in the heat
  • Avoid physical exertion in the hottest parts of the day
  • Wear light, loose fitting cotton clothes
  • Make sure you take water with you, if you are travelling

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