The Met Office has warned the UK will experience “heatwave conditions” this week, with the temperature likely to get above 30C in many areas. So with the mercury rising, there are plenty of simple ways you can keep cool. Express.co.uk has collated five top tips for keeping cool during a heatwave.
Block out sunlight with blinds, shutters or curtains
To keep your house cool during a heatwave, you can take simple steps at home to block direct sunlight.
Lucy Askew, spokesperson for www.hillarys.co.uk, said: “Keeping your house cool is essential during a heatwave and, if you find that your house lets in direct sunlight, especially in the afternoon, you could find that conditions quickly become unbearable.
“If your house does experience more sunlight throughout the day then it’s recommended you keep your curtains, shutters and blinds shut to stop the sunlight from beaming into your home.
“This will keep things marginally cooler and slightly more bearable during heatwaves.”
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Pay attention to your body
It is important to take care of yourself and others during a heatwave and look out for any signs of illness.
Boots Pharmacist Janky Raja told The Sun: “If you start to feel at all unwell, with symptoms such as a headache, dizziness, excessive sweating or a fast pulse, you may be experiencing heat exhaustion.
“If untreated, heat exhaustion can turn into heatstroke, which is much more serious.”
If you believe you or someone else is suffering with heat exhaustion, move them to a cool place and get them to lie down and drink plenty of water.
If their condition doesn’t improve after 30 minutes and the person is showing signs of heatstroke the NHS website states to call 999.
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Stay out of direct sunlight
The NHS recommends you avoid the sun between 11am and 3pm to prevent heat exhaustion and heatstroke.
The sun is at its strongest in the UK during this period, so it is best to stay out of direct sunlight during these hours.
During a heatwave, it’s also important to wear sunscreen, to help prevent sunburn.