Staying cool in a heat wave

We all love the sunshine, but it's really important to be ready for the summer heat as it can catch you by surprise.

You may not know this, but heat stroke is a life-threatening condition and can develop if heat exhaustion is left untreated.

It's important to be aware of friends and neighbours during a heatwave and to let people know if you are on your own and have any concerns.

Download our guide Staying cool in a heatwave for tips on how to protect yourself from the heat, how to recognise heat-related illness, and what to do if someone shows heat stroke symptoms.

Here are our top tips for staying cool:

  • Stay inside during the hottest time of the day
  • If you’re travelling by car or public transport, always take a bottle of water.
  • Use sunscreen lotion of factor 15 or above
  • Splash your face with cool (not very cold) water, or place a damp cloth or scarf on the back of your neck to help you cool off
  • Limit activities like housework and gardening to cooler times of the day
  • Wear loose, lightweight, cotton clothing
  • Drink lots of fluids and eat more cold foods such as salad and fruit, which contain water
  • Eat normally – even if you aren’t hungry, you need a normal diet to replace salt losses from sweating

What else can you do to stay cool?

Keep an eye on the weather reports from The Met Office, which will let you know if a heatwave is on its way.

Also if you have breathing problems or a heart condition, your symptoms might get worse when it’s very hot, so it may be a good idea to contact your GP for advice.

Download our guide for more information:

opens link in new window Staying cool in a heatwave (PDF 102 KB)

Other free guides you may find useful:

opens link in new window Healthy Eating (PDF 3,751 KB)

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opens link in new window Healthy Services (PDF 1,232 KB)

We are grateful for the generous support of Dr Naim Dangoor CBE
and The Exilarch's Foundation

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