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Coping with hot weather this week

02 July 2018

The Met Office have issued a Hot Weather Alert for this week, meaning that we have a very strong chance of ‘heatwave conditions’ in London. 

Hot weather can make things quite uncomfortable if you live and work in the capital, so it’s important to be prepared. Whether you’re travelling, working or even trying to keep cool at home, there are small actions you can take to help you cope with the heat.

Public Health England have issued the following advice:

  • Shut windows and pull down the shades (or close curtains) when it is hotter outside. You can open the windows for ventilation when it is cooler.
  • Avoid the heat: stay out of the sun between 11am and 3pm (the hottest part of the day) if you're vulnerable to the effects of heat.
  • Wear loose, cool clothing and a hat and sunglasses if you go outdoors.
  • Drink cold drinks regularly, such as water and diluted fruit juice. Avoid excess alcohol, caffeine (tea, coffee and cola) or drinks high in sugar.
  • Check up on friends, relatives and neighbours who may be less able to look after themselves.
  • Keep rooms cool by using shades or reflective material outside the windows. If this isn't possible, use light-coloured curtains and keep them closed (metallic blinds and dark curtains can make the room hotter). 
  • Have cool baths or showers, and splash yourself with cool water.
  • Listen to alerts on the radio, TV and social media about keeping cool.
  • Plan ahead to make sure you have enough supplies, such as food, water and any medications you need.
  • Identify the coolest room in the house so you know where to go to keep cool.

The weather is expected to cool down later this week but temperatures may rise again in the coming weeks. For full, up to date forecasts for London, visit the Met Office webpages