Introduction

Summer is here, and while it's nice to enjoy the sunshine, it's also important to take care of your health. During a heatwave, when temperatures remain abnormally high over more than a couple of days, it can prove fatal. Climate change means heatwaves are likely to become more common in England. In one hot spell in London in August 2003, deaths among people aged over 75 rose by 60%.

It is important to be aware of the advice around keeping well in the heat. We’ve put these pages together to help you reduce the health risks in a heatwave. Heatwaves can happen with little warning, and illness and death can occur within the first couple of days, so it is best to make the following preparations before high temperatures are forecast. The pages contain advice both on caring for other people, who may be at risk, and looking after yourself.