For the latest severe weather warnings please check the Met Office website.
The Met Office offers the following advice for extremely hot weather:
Before hot weather
- Ensure you have plenty of cold fluids available.
During hot weather
- Drink plenty of fluids, avoiding tea, cola, coffee and alcohol.
- Wear lightweight, light-coloured clothing, high factor sunscreen and a wide-brimmed hat.
- If you do go out, try and avoid the hottest part of the day (11 am. to 3 pm.) and seek shade where possible. Avoid being in the sun for long stretches.
- Check you have appropriate sun cream for your particular type of skin, and reapply regularly.
- Remember the UV index (the strength of the sun) can be high at many times of the year - it doesn't have to be hot or even sunny.
- Try to keep your house cool - closing blinds or curtains can help.
- At night, keep your sleeping area well ventilated. Night cooling is important as it allows the body to recuperate.
- Try to stay cool by taking cool showers or baths and/or sprinkle yourself several times a day with cold water.
- Avoid too much exercise, which can cause heat exhaustion or heat stroke, and can even be fatal; Watch for signs of heat stress - fatigue is an early sign.
- Try to eat as you normally would. Not eating properly may exacerbate health-related problems.
- If driving, keep your vehicle well ventilated to avoid drowsiness. Take plenty of water with you and have regular rest breaks.
- Check up on friends, relatives and neighbours who may be less able to look after themselves or who may be at risk during a heat wave.
- Discarded cigarettes can cause grass fires - if you smoke always put your cigarette out fully, use an ashtray or place in the nearest bin once fully extinguished.
- Sometimes following a period of very hot weather, heavy, thundery showers can develop. More information on thunderstorms and lightning
- Do not leave children or animals in parked cars. Even on cool days, strong sunshine can quickly make car interiors very hot.