At Home Care Direct we”re all enjoying the lovely sunny, warm weather we are having at the moment but it”s important to enjoy the weather safely.

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The Met Office has issued a heatwave action alert for parts of England, warning social and healthcare services to focus on those most at risk from the current high temperatures, such as the very young, the very old and those with chronic diseases.  The level-three alert was triggered after the Met Office determined that there was a 90% probability of heatwave conditions in parts of England on Wednesday and Thursday.

Forecasters say there is no end in sight for the hot, sticky days and long, muggy nights of the heatwave. Wednesday could prove the hottest day of the year, with temperatures expected to rise as high as 32C (89.7F) in parts of England.

Public Health England have issued a Heatwave Plan for 2013 which you can see here, which contains advice on what to do during a heatwave.  We”ve also come up with 10 top tips to help us all in the hot weather:

1.    Stay inside during the hottest time of the day – late morning to mid-afternoon. If you do go out use sunscreen of factor 15 or above, wear a hat and stay in the shade if possible.

2.    When inside, try to keep casino pa natet your house cool. Keep curtains and blinds closed in rooms that catch the sun. Shut windows when it’s cooler inside than out.

3.    Avoid or limit strenuous activities like housework and gardening – try to do these activities when it’s cooler in the early morning or evening.

4.    When travelling always carry a bottle of water.

5.    Drink lots of fluid even if you aren’t thirsty. Limit drinks with caffeine and avoid alcohol as it can make dehydration worse.

6.    Eat normally but try to have more cold foods, particularly salads and fruits as they contain a lot of water.

7.    Wear loose, lightweight, light-coloured cotton clothing.

8.    Cool off with cold water. Remember to take nice cool baths or showers. Try splashing your face with cold water or placing a cool damp cloth on the back of your neck.

9.    Check for weather forecasts and temperature warnings on TV, radio and online at www.metoffice.gov.uk.

10.  If you live alone, ask a relative or friend to visit or phone to check that you are not having difficulties during periods of extreme heat.

So we hope you all enjoy the lovely weather and if you”d like to send us some pictures of how your spending your time and what your up to we”d love to see them and share them here so please contact us.