VIDEO: Have fun but be safe in the sun

People are being urged to enjoy the sun this weekend but be safe in the rising temperatures.

The Met office increased its heatwave warning to a level 3 alert and NHS Milton Keynes Clinical Commissioning Group are reminding people that some simple steps can keep you safe as temperatures continue to climb.

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High temperatures can be especially dangerous for the elderly, very young and people with chronic or long-term medical conditions.

Enjoy the weather but try to stay cool with these tips:

Don’t go outside between 11am and 3pm as this is the hottest part of the day

Spend time in the shade and avoid strenuous activity

Help others: check up on neighbours, relatives and friends who may be less able to look after themselves (for example, if they have mobility problems)

Drink water or fruit juice regularly

Avoid tea, coffee and alcohol, and if you do drink alcohol make sure you have lots of water or other non-alcoholic drinks as well

Keep rooms cool by using shade or reflective material external to the glass, or if that is not possible, by closing light-coloured curtains (metallic blinds and dark curtains can make the room hotter)

Keep the windows closed while the room is cooler than it is outside and, if it’s safe, open windows at night when the air is cooler

People with heart problems, breathing difficulties or serious illnesses may find their symptoms become worse in hot weather, so make sure you have enough medicines in stock and take extra care to keep cool.

Heat exhaustion can happen to anyone in hot weather and if it isn’t treated it can lead to heatstroke, which can be dangerous and even fatal. If you or anyone else feels unwell, drink water and go somewhere cool to rest. If symptoms such as breathlessness, chest pain, confusion, dizziness, weakness or cramps get worse or don’t go away, seek medical help by visiting your GP surgery, local pharmacy or by calling 111.