British weather is unpredictable at the best of times but in the summer, we can have anything from heatwaves to thunderstorms. When we are lucky enough to catch the sunny weather, it is important we keep safe.
Some of us can find the hot weather uncomfortable and may experience sunburn and heatstroke. Although the heat affects everybody, the young, elderly and those who have serve illnesses are more likely to be at risk. There are a few things that can help keep us cool and safe in the summer.
When the temperature rises it is important to stay hydrated and drink water, as we tend to lose a lot of our body fluids through sweat. Lots of fruit and vegetables are also a good source of water for example strawberries, watermelon, lettuce and cucumbers.
To stay cool in the summer many of us find going indoors or staying at home the best way to be safe, especially at the hottest time of the day (11am to 3pm). When staying home there are multiple ways, we can keep our houses cool from closing the curtains during the day to opening the windows on the evening for a light breeze.
If you cannot stay indoors or do not want to you can also seek out the shade to stay safe. Umbrellas on the beach or a bench under a big tree are the perfect way to catch some cool air on a hot day.
Applying sun cream
Make sure you generously apply sun cream with a high SPF and reapply at least every 2 hours to be protected from harmful UVA rays. Also, as we grow older our skin tends to become drier, so applying a layer of moisturiser before your sun cream can provide more effective protection against the sun.
Clothing is our first defence against the sun. Choosing to wear light weight, loose clothing and light-coloured clothes can make a massive difference when trying to cool down. Also, wearing a hat is the perfect way to protect ourselves from burning our scalps and faces.
Avoiding extreme physical exertion
Finally try to avoid any extreme physical exertion, especially on the hottest parts of the day. Exercising in hot weather can put extra stress on your body and if you do not take care, you can be at risk of heat exhaustion or heat stroke.