If you weren't already aware, this week is forecast to be a seriously hot one.
From Tuesday (June 23) to Friday (June 26) both Met Office and BBC forecast London to enjoy 27C temperatures and higher.
That's as hot as the weather is predicted to be in Barcelona, or Ibiza
Follow these essential tips to keep cool and safe:
- Stay tuned to the weather forecast on the TV or radio, and look at the Met Office London Weather Forecast
- Drink lots of cool drinks
- Stay in the shade whenever possible, and try to keep out of the sun between 11am and 3pm
- Apply sunscreen of at least SPF15 with UVA protection
- Wear UV sunglasses
- Wear light, loose-fitting cotton clothes, a hat and light scarf
- Carry water with you if travelling on public transport (it is best to drink 15 minutes before travelling)
- Look out for others, especially vulnerable groups such as older people, young children or animals
- Never leave anyone in a closed, parked vehicle, especially infants, young children or animals
Check on vulnerable family members or neighbours
People who are elderly or who have serious medical conditions, particularly heart or breathing conditions, are more vulnerable to serious ill effects in a heatwave.
You can help by visiting, perhaps more frequently, and encouraging them to:
- Drink water or fruit juice regularly
- Wear loose cotton clothing
- Identify the coolest room in the house, so they can go there to keep cool
- Keep rooms cool by closing curtains
- Close windows and curtains while the room is cooler than outside and, if it is safe, open windows at night when the air outside is cooler
- Avoid going outside in the hottest part of the day (11am to 3pm)
- If they do need to travel, to carry water with them. It is best to drink 15 minutes before travelling.
- Spend time in the shade and avoid strenuous activity
- Splash their faces and the backs of their necks with cool water
People with heart problems, breathing difficulties or serious illnesses may find their symptoms become worse in hot weather, so make sure
- they keep cool
- check and keep up your medication
- take sensible precautions to prevent sunburn, particularly for children
- Staying cool information on People First
- The NHS website has Heatwave advice as well as this information leaflet
- The Metro has a handy article on how to sleep in this hot weather