Public Health England (PHE) has warned that the high temperatures expected on Friday - above 30 degrees C - could have a significant effect on people's health.
Most at risk are vulnerable groups, such as older people and people who are fasting. Even if temperatures do not hit extreme levels, Public Health England (PHE) still advises people to keep safe in the sun. Seek shade to cool down and keep hydrated with plenty of cool fluids.
Top advice for being sun safe:
· 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. This should minimise the risk of sunburn.
· 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
Top tips for Ramadan fasting:
· If you start to feel unwell, disoriented or confused, or collapse or faint, advice is to stop fasting and have a drink of water or other fluid. This is especially important for older adults, those with poorly controlled medical conditions such as low/high blood pressure, diabetes and those who are receiving dialysis treatment
· The Muslim Council of Britain has confirmed that breaking fast in such conditions is allowable under Islamic law. Also make sure to check on others in the community who may be at greater risk and keep an eye on children to ensure they are having a safe and healthy Ramadan
Remember that it can get uncomfortably hot indoors too, including at night. Try to keep your bedroom and living space cool, by closing the curtains on windows that receive the sun and opening your windows at cooler times of the day and overnight where safe. Turn off non-essential lights and electrical items as these generate heat.