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Tips for Dealing with the Hot Weather – Stay Hydrated!

The weather is a preferred conversation starter for us Brits and most of us look forward to sunny days in the heat.

However, hot weather can get even more dangerous for us as we age.


What Could Happen in the Heat?


Heat Syncope

Heat syncope is a sudden dizziness which happens when you are active in the heat. If you take heart medication, for example, you are at an even higher risk of fainting.

You need to limit any physical activity in the hot weather and if you do feel symptoms coming on, make sure you are in a cool place and relax as much as possible.


Heat Cramps

Heat cramps are the painful tightening of the muscles in your stomach, arms or legs which can result from hard work or exercise. You need to find a way to cool your body down and drink plenty of water.



It is very easy to become dehydrated when staying out in the heat for prolonged periods of time.

To avoid it, you need to ensure that you are drinking plenty of fluids, ideally water, and avoiding drinks that contain alcohol or caffeine. You should also eat a balanced diet to replace any salt you’ve lost by sweating.



Extreme heat and dry conditions can cause your body to overheat. If you notice any signs of overheating, lie down in a cool place and drink plenty of water. Seek medical advice if your symptoms persist or worsen.

Signs to look out for include:

  • Muscle cramps
  • Mild confusion
  • Weakness
  • Sleep problems


Heat Exhaustion

Heatstroke can be serious for a lot of people and results from excessive exposure to heat.

Symptoms include:

  • Headaches
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Intense thirst
  • Heavy sweating
  • Fast pulse


What Do I Need to Remember?


There are many tips to remember to ensure you are safe in the hot weather.

These include:

  • Make sure to protect your skin with sun cream of at least SPF 30.
  • Drink plenty of fluids but avoid alcohol and caffeine.
  • Sit in the shade instead of directly in the sun.
  • Make sure you lie down in you overheat and relax.
  • Shower or bathe in cool water.


The main thing to remember is to listen to your body when exposed to the hot weather for prolonged periods of time. If you do experience any symptoms of heat exhaustion, visit your doctor or call 999.