- Try to keep out of the sun between 11am and 3pm.
- If you have to go out in the heat, wear sunscreen, walk in the shade and wear a hat.
- Wear light, loose-fitting cotton clothing.
- Avoid physical exertion.
- Drink lots of cold drinks and avoid excess alcohol, caffeine and hot drinks.
- Eat cold foods, especially salads and fruit with high water content.
- To cool yourself down, take a cool shower or bath, sprinkle water over the skin or clothing, or keep a damp cloth on the back of your neck.
- Never leave anyone in a closed, parked vehicle, especially infants, young children or animals
People at risk:
Look out for others, especially vulnerable groups such as:
- Older people, especially older women and those over 75.
- Babies and young children.
- People with serious mental health problems.
- People on certain medication.
- People with a serious chronic condition, particularly breathing or heart problems.
- People who already have a high temperature from an infection.
- People who misuse alcohol or take illicit drugs.
- People with mobility problems.
- People who are physically active, like manual workers and sportsmen and women.
Download advice about caring for yourself and others during a heatwave.
- Self care leaflet
- Supporting vulnerable people
- Supporting vulnerable people in care homes
- Heatwave Plan for England - PDF on Gov.uk website