Heatwaves can be dangerous for the very young, older people and those with serious illnesses. In extreme cases, excess heat can lead to heatstroke.

The Met Office operates an annual heat-health watch system. In association with the Department of Health they decide on the level of responses to recorded temperatures. 

When a heatwave does occur, it is important to be prepared and take steps to reduce the risks both for yourself and those friends and relatives that may be vulnerable. There are many simple ways to do this and you can find easy to follow guidance:

Make sure you are drinking the correct amount of fluids every day. Even if the weather is not as hot as you expect or you are less active, the body still needs to be well hydrated with water (or tea, coffee or juice but not alcohol).

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