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Stay cool in hot weather

With the heatwave expected to continue over the next few days, residents are being advised to enjoy the sun safely.

Alan White, Staffordshire County Council’s Cabinet member for Health, Care and Wellbeing, said:

When very hot weather arrives, everyone wants to make the most of it, but all need to make sure we enjoy it safely and keep an extra close eye on the more vulnerable.”

While the temperature in Staffordshire is expected to fall from today’s peak of 31ºC (88ºF) to a high of 24ºC (75ºF) tomorrow, it’s forecast to rise again on Wednesday to a high of 28ºC (82ºF).

Alan White said:

The advice is simple: be sensible in the sun, use sunscreen and drink fluids to keep hydrated.

Shade your windows during the day and keeping them closed may keep the worst of the heat out, before opening them when it’s cooler, but do wear loose clothes and keep to the coolest room in the home. If necessary have a cool bath or shower.”

Among those regarded as most vulnerable to dehydration, heat exhaustion and heat stroke are:

  • older people, particularly the over-75s;
  • babies and young children;
  • those with a serious chronic condition, especially involving the heart or breathing;
  • people with limited mobility;
  • those with mental health problems;
  • patients on medication which affects sweating and temperature control;
  • the physically active, whether working or playing sport.

Alan White said:

Enjoy the long beautiful days, but do use common sense and if you’re aware of someone living nearby who may be vulnerable please check on them.”

Advice on how to reduce the risk either for yourself or somebody you know can be obtained from NHS Choices at www.nhs.uk/summerhealth, NHS 111 or from your local chemist.