Hot weather

We welcome the warm sunshine when it arrives, but it's important to enjoy it safely. People who are most at risk of falling ill due to hot weather include those over the age of 75, babies and young children, people with long term health conditions and anybody who is physically active, such as manual labourers or doing sports.

How does hot weather affect wellbeing?

Hot weather can cause dehydration, overheating and heatstroke or exhaustion. Symptoms of these include breathlessness, chest pain, confusion, thirst, weakness, dizziness and cramps.

How can I improve my wellbeing?

To stay well in hot weather, try to stay indoors in a cool room during the hottest part of the day (11am to 3pm). If you are outside, keep to shady areas, wear sun protection and cover up skin with loose clothing.

Use the services below to find support:

How to help others

How can I help a child or teenager?

Make sure to keep children hydrated and cover up their skin. If you suspect any hot weather illness, follow the tips above. Use the tips found on NHS Live Well.

How can I help a friend or relative?

During hot weather, check on friends, family and neighbours who may not be able to look after themselves. Use the tips found on NHS Live Well.

I'm a care worker. How can I help my client?

Use the guidance on NHS Live Well.

How can I help people in the workplace?

Employers must ensure the work environment is safe for employees. For guidance on temperature, see