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Most of us welcome hot weather, but when it’s too hot for too long, there are health risks

The Met Office have issued Red Extreme Heat Warnings for Monday and Tuesday in parts of England, with Amber alerts from Sunday to Tuesday in other areas. We are not used to these extremes of temperature in the UK and the humidity only makes it worse.

The NHS have already activated their emergency planning and heatwave protocols. Please check out the NHS and Met Office websites for advice and to plan now so you can stay as safe as possible during the hotter days.

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Why is a heatwave a problem?

The main risks posed by a heatwave are:

Who is most at risk?

A heatwave can affect anyone, but the most vulnerable people are:

Tips for coping in hot weather

For more information visit GOV.UK: Heatwave Plan for England.

If you have concerns about an uncomfortably hot house that’s affecting your health or someone else’s, get medical advice.

You can also get help from the environmental health office at your local authority. They can inspect a home for hazards to health, including excess heat.

Find your local authority

Watch out for signs of heat related illness

If you or someone else feels unwell with a high temperature during hot weather, it may be heat exhaustion or heatstroke.

Find out about the signs of heat exhaustion and heatstroke, and when to get help

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Keeping pets safe during hot weather

RSPCA vet Dr Michael Lazaris says: “It’s really important to take extra care of our pets during the hot weather as heat exhaustion is a life-threatening condition. Prevention is much better than a cure so try to keep your pets indoors or in a cool, shaded area when the temperatures are hitting 30C and higher.

“If your pet slows down, looks dazed, drools or pants excessively, vomits, or even has a seizure then please speak to a vet as soon as possible as these are all symptoms of heatstroke.

“If your pet is elderly, overweight, or has ongoing health problems or problems caused by extreme breeding – such as flat-faced dogs – then they can feel the effects of the heat more quickly so please keep that in mind.

Top tips for cool cats and hot dogs:

RSPCA animal welfare expert Dr Samantha Gaines says: “During the hot weather we’d urge pet owners to think twice before taking their dog out with them as they can really struggle out and about during the heat so often it’s best to leave them at home in the cool.  If you’ll be out in the sun all day at a festival or show, or if you’re planning a long walk or run, please leave your furry friend at home with somewhere cool to go. It can be hard enough for us in the heat and it’s much more difficult for them.”

Caring for your dog during warm weather infographic

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