It’s going to be a scorcher, so take care

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With temperatures due to soar this weekend, people are being warned to be safe in the sun.

NHS Corby and NHS Nene Clinical Commissioning Groups are urging people to look after the most vulnerable during the hot weather.

Too much exposure to heat and sun can be dangerous and it is essential people know how to stay healthy in the heat.

Groups who are especially vulnerable to the heat, include the elderly, people with breathing problems and children.

A spokesman for the groups said: “If you are a parent or carer for a child, or if you know a vulnerable older person, please ensure you keep an eye on them during this hot spell. Others at risk include people with mobility problems, those with serious mental health problems, and people on certain medications.

“The hot weather poses all kinds of potential risks, including dehydration, overheating, heat exhaustion, and heat stroke. Dehydration can be especially a risk for the elderly as temperatures are meant to be particularly warm overnight. But there are a number of ways you can cope better with the hot weather and prevent yourself from becoming unwell.”

People are being advised to stay out of the sun, especially between 11am and 3pm, if they are vulnerable to the effects of the heat.

Cold drinks should be taken regularly, such as water and fruit juice, but tea, coffee and alcohol should be avoided.

Wearing loose, cool clothing and a hat outdoors offers protection, as well as a high sun protection cream, at least factor 15.

Parents of young children can get detailed advice on sun safety at www.corbyccg.nhs.uk or www.neneccg.nhs.uk.