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Hot weather health issues and how to spot heat stroke symptoms

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Nottinghamshire is set to bake in boiling temperatures this week, with thermometers expected to hit 30C. The Met Office has said Friday is due to be a scorcher, with afternoon temperatures set to be boiling hot.

In Nottinghamshire on Friday, a very high pollen count is expected, with UV levels expected to be high too, and winds of up to 31mph. While it’s good news for those who love a bit of sunshine, it’s also worth applying a hint of caution.

Given how bleak the UK often is weather wise, many people’s first reaction to a heatwave is to soak it all up. But hot temperatures and strong sunlight brings a degree of risk.

Read more: Met Office warning as temperatures expected to hit 30C in Nottinghamshire this week

In England, there are on average 2,000 heat-related deaths every year. Key problems people experience include dehydration, overheating and heatstroke.

Those most at risk tend to be the elderly, people with serious illnesses, babies and the homeless. The NHS has warned people to watch out for the signs of heatstroke.

It says the signs of heat exhaustion include:

  • A headache.
  • Dizziness and confusion.
  • Loss of appetite and feeling sick.
  • Excessive sweating and pale, clammy skin.
  • Cramps in the arms, legs and stomach.
  • Fast breathing or pulse.
  • A high temperature of 38C or above.
  • Being very thirsty.

The NHS has also issued the following tips on how to cope in the heat:

  • Look out for those who may struggle to keep themselves cool and hydrated – older people, those with underlying health conditions and those who live alone are particularly at risk.
  • Stay cool indoors – many of us will need to stay safe at home this summer so know how to keep your home cool.
  • Close curtains on rooms that face the sun to keep indoor spaces cooler and remember it may be cooler outdoors than indoors.
  • Drink plenty of fluids and avoid excess alcohol.
  • Never leave anyone in a closed, parked vehicle, especially infants, young children or animals.
  • Try to keep out of the sun between 11am to 3pm.
  • Walk in the shade, apply sunscreen regularly and wear a wide brimmed hat, if you have to go out in the heat.
  • Avoid exercising in the hottest parts of the day.
  • Make sure you take water with you, if you are travelling.
  • If you are going into open water to cool down, take care and follow local safety advice.

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