Health warning issued as the UK prepares for hot and sunny weekend

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The UK is set to enjoy a hot and sunny weekend, but Public Health England (PHE) has warned that people need to take care in the heat to avoid becoming ill.

The Met Office has forecast that all parts of England, except the North West, will experience higher temperatures of around 28 degrees during the day and 15 degrees at night from tomorrow (Saturday 17 June) onwards.

This is the point where hot weather can impact public health, PHE said.

The government body's tips for beating the heat include the following:

  • 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 water as sugary, alcoholic and caffeinated drinks can make you more dehydrated
  • 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

"Much of the advice on beating the heat is common sense and for most people there’s nothing to really worry about. But before the hot weather arrives, it is a really good time to think about what you can do to protect you and your family and friends," said PHE's Dr Thomas Waite.

"For some people, such as older people, those with underlying health conditions and those with young children, the summer heat can bring real health risks. That’s why we’re urging everyone to keep an eye on those you know who may be at risk this summer. If you’re able, ask if your friends, family or neighbours need any support."

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