How to keep cool and carry on: hot weather advice

Reminder of advice during hot weather

The MET office has forecast high temperatures for the coming days, so Southampton City Council has provided the following advice for residents during the heatwave:

  • Keep hydrated - water is best
  • Wear cool, loose clothing
  • Use sun cream and wear a hat when outside - especially important for staff who work outdoors
  • Close blinds in the office and keep your home environment cool
  • If you're going outside at lunchtime, avoid spending too long in the sun or doing strenuous activity
  • If you're doing something active at home like gardening or DIY, keep it to the cooler parts of the day
  • Be vigilant for heat-related illness
  • Public Health England has created some beat the heat advice which may be useful, and the NHS has tips for coping in hot weather

Cllr David Shields, Cabinet Member for Safe and Healthy Communities, said: "Thursday is on track to be the hottest day of the year, a Level 3 heat alert, so we are advising people to use common sense and caution when they're outdoors. Drink plenty of water, stay in the shade and recognise if you or a friend begins to experience heat stroke - symptoms can include headache, thirst, loss of appetite and pale or clammy skin in adults and may include sleepiness in children. Move into a cool place and give plenty of water.

"It is especially important to check in on babies and young children, older people and disabled family, friends and neighbours, as well as those working outdoors or on medication or with medical conditions, since they are more vulnerable than others to the effects of the heatwave."