With temperatures set to soar over the next few days and the Met Office predicting ‘heat wave conditions,’ people are being urged to look out for the vulnerable.

Although welcomed by most, hot weather can cause a real danger to health – particularly to the very elderly and the seriously ill.

People with existing medical conditions and the very young are also potentially at risk during a warm spell.

The Met Office raised the heat wave warning to level two predicting a 60 per cent chance of temperatures being high enough between Monday and Thursday to have a significant effect on health.

Please do pay special attention to older neighbours and friends, who may need extra help in the current very hot temperatures.

Heat exhaustion and heatstroke are both life-threatening conditions and can develop if left untreated.

So here is some simple advice on how to enjoy the hot weather responsibly.

The best advice is to relax, stay cool, drink lots of cold fluids and if you can, keep an eye on those you know to be at risk.

Try following advice to try and keep people healthy in the sun and heat:

  • Try to keep out of the sun between 11am to 3pm
  • Wear UV sunglasses, preferably wraparound, to reduce UV exposure to the eyes
  • Walk in the shade
  • Apply sunscreen of at least SPF15 with UVA protection
  • Wear a hat and light scarf
  • Wear light, loose-fitting cotton clothes
  • Drink lots of cool drinks
  • Look out for others especially vulnerable groups such as the older people, young children and babies and those with serious illnesses
  • Never leave anyone in a closed, parked vehicle, especially infants, young children or animals

If you’re feeling the heat, here are 3 simple ways to stay cool:

  • Choose light-coloured, loose cotton clothing
  • When travelling always carry a bottle of water and drink lots of fluid even if you aren’t thirsty
  • When inside, keep curtains and blinds closed in rooms that catch the sun

For more information on how to enjoy the sun safely, visit Cancer Research’s SunSmart website.

Also check out Age UK’s 10 top tips to help you keep cool and healthy on their website here.