Hot Weather Risks & Staying Cool

by Ted Sorensen
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Who is most at risk from hot weather?

While most people find extremely hot weather and heatwaves uncomfortable, some people have a higher risk than others of becoming ill. These include:

  • elderly people aged over 75 years
  • babies and young children
  • people with long term health conditions, for example heart or respiratory disease, diabetes or circulatory diseases
  • people who are obese
  • people taking certain medicines
  • people who are socially isolated
  • people who work outdoors or in hot and poorly ventilated areas
  • people engaging in vigorous physical activity in hot weather
  • people who are not acclimatised to the heat, for example overseas visitors.

It’s important to keep drinking water even if you don’t feel thirsty.

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