Warm weather advice as September temperatures set to soar

Date: 12 September 2016

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With the predicted warm weather set for the eastern region this week, we're reminding the public that simple steps can be taken to avoid suffering in the sun.

The most vulnerable in hot weather are the very young, older people or those with existing chronic or long-term medical conditions. In particular, it can make heart and respiratory problems worse, and of course can cause sunburn. In extreme cases, excess heat can lead to heat stroke, which can be fatal.

Clinical lead Dave Allen said: "Everyone welcomes the warm weather and we want everyone to make the most of it, but to enjoy it and not needing to call 999. Our advice is particularly useful for people to share with friends and family who may not be online or need extra support in their care.”

There are some simple tips which everyone can follow to ensure you make the best of the weather:

  • Wear a hat
  • Take particular care when the sun is at its hottest between 11am and 3pm, sticking to shady areas where possible
  • Wear plenty of high-factor sun cream and don’t forget to top up regularly, and replenish after swimming
  • Use insect repellent if you are prone to bites
  • Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated
  • If planning a barbecue, take all the usual precautions, ensure food is cooked thoroughly and protect yourself and others from flames.

Dave added: “Taking simple steps like these mean you can enjoy the good weather without compromising your health, which is the most important thing to consider in such high temperatures.”

Remember that if you need medical help and it is not an emergency, please call 111, the NHS non-emergency help line which is open 24 hours a day or see your GP or pharmacist.

  • Summary:

    With the predicted warm weather set for the eastern region this week, we're reminding the public that simple steps can be taken to avoid suffering in the sun.