Staying safe in the hot weather

Posted on Wednesday 13th July 2022

Newport has experienced warm weather this week which is expected to continue with increasing temperatures over the weekend and into early next week.

A weather warning has been issued by the Met Office

They also have a range of advice available on how to stay safe, cool and healthy at home or outdoors.

In this hot weather, please take care of yourself and others. Most of us can enjoy the hot weather safely, but please look out for those who are more vulnerable during the heatwave.

The main risks posed by a heatwave are:

  • not drinking enough water (dehydration)
  • overheating, which can make symptoms worse for people who already have problems with their heart or breathing
  • heat exhaustion and heatstroke
  • sunburn

A heatwave can affect anyone, but the most vulnerable people are older people (especially those over 75) and young children. Please think about:

  • those who live on their own or in a care home
  • people who have a serious or long term illness – including heart or lung conditions, diabetes, kidney disease, Parkinson's disease or some mental health conditions
  • those who may find it hard to keep cool – babies and the very young, the bed bound, those with drug or alcohol addictions or with Alzheimer's disease
  • people who spend a lot of time outside or in hot places – those who live in a top floor flat, the homeless or those whose jobs are outside

If you are worried about any symptoms related to heat visit the NHS 111 website to check your symptoms or call 111 for advice.

Please also check for updates from Aneurin Bevan University Health Board.

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