It's summertime, which means beer gardens, burnt sausages on the BBQ, and queing for a ridiculously long time to get into a lido. This week, the UK is experiencing a serious heat wave. On Thursday (July 25 2019), temperatures are expected to reach a record high of 37C, so it's crucial to learn how to stay cool during a heatwave.
Everyone wants to live their best life in the summer, but with great heat comes great responsibility. Heatwaves can be seriously dangerous, if not fatal, when proper precautions are not taken. For example, the changes of heatstroke become much higher. This is when you become too dehydrated and your body temperature rises due to being out in the sun or in hot temperatures.
Older people are more likely to be affected by the change in temperature. Last year, the Guardian reported that almost 700 more deaths than average were recorded in England and Wales during the heatwave in June and July 2018. And sadly, there are no laws currently in the UK about working when it's too hot. So it's critical that staying cool and hydrated is your top priority through the hotter than average weather. Here are five tips on how to stay cool during a scorching heat wave: