Sunday 30 – Monday 35 – Tuesday 35
Those are the forecasts for my area. I believe it was last week that I woke up to suddenly find it was 28c. That was hot yes, but nice and tolerable.
Now… it has not been this hot for many years here and I am not kidding. I don’t remember a recent summer where temperatures have reached 30+, they peaked around 28/29 and that is all. Of course living in the North of England will be the answer, as the south has always been hotter and is also closer to the equator.
My main concern is – living with long term health conditions – is how this will affect me, and I am sure others will be a little concerned too. Excessive heat can be dangerous to people with good healthy, so regardless I will post some tips to stay safe.
Everyone thinks drinking a lot of water is good, which is true but you run the risk with excess sweating of hyponatremia. This is where sodium levels in the blood are low and cause serious issues such as: nausea, vomiting, fatigue, headache or confusion. Along with low blood pressure, fainting and cardiac issues in severe cases. For that reason you need to take hydration liquids that contain sodium as an electrolyte, this can be found in a lot of sports drinks or you may prefer hydration tablets or heck you might just eat sodium containing foods. Salty snacks like salted peanuts or something else can help. Also salt does provide sodium but I don’t recommend adding salt to your drink!
- Close curtains!
- Plenty of fluids, avoid alcohol!
- Don’t sit in a car!
- Have ice ready in the freezer and cooled liquids
- Have a fan that works!
- Avoid the sun between 11am to 3pm
- Use shade and apply sunscreen if out, wear a large summer light hat
- Don’t exercise
- Always carry water/fluids when walking
- Don’t go into the water – like the sea or pool – alone. Follow regulations, avoid floating in the sun!
- Take medications and keep a close on them
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