Elderly people and Muslims fasting during the Holy month of Ramadan are being urged to take extra care during the heatwave.
Hammersmith and Fulham Council’s head of health Vivienne Lukey is urging people in the borough to take care.
She said: “For many of us the hot weather is welcome, but with it comes with a significant risk for older residents, children and those with long-term illnesses.
“Residents fasting during Ramadan may also be at higher risk and balancing food and fluid intake between fasts is essential.
“It is important to stay well hydrated with plenty of cool drinks and find shade where possible if outside and keep indoor areas as cool as possible with open windows or air-conditioning.
"We are encouraging everyone to keep an eye out for neighbours and to maybe give older relatives a ring to check they’re keeping cool.”
During the 2003 heatwave, which lasted 10 days, there were more than 2,000 excess deaths between August 4 - 13, compared to the same period over the previous five years.
Key advice for keeping safe in the heat:
- try to keep out of the sun between 11am to 3pm
- apply sunscreen of at least SPF15 with UVA protection
- wear UV sunglasses, preferably wraparound, to reduce UV exposure to the eyes
- wear light, loose-fitting cotton clothes, a hat and light scarf
- drink lots of cool drinks
- look out for others especially vulnerable groups such as 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