Residents are being urged to take extra care this week as forecasters predicted temperatures will reach record breaking numbers.

Both Richmond Council and the Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) want people to be cautious and to look out for anyone who may be more at risk from overheating.

Tips for being safe in the heat include staying out of the sun between 11am and 3pm.

Wearing UV sunglasses, preferably wraparound, to reduce UV exposure to the eyes, walk in the shade, apply sunscreen of at least SPF15 with UVA protection, wear a wide brimmed hat and light, loose-fitting cotton clothes. This should minimise the risk of sunburn.

Hydrate with plenty of water and carry bottles of it with you when travelling and avoid caffeine and alcohol.

Look out for others especially vulnerable groups such as older people, young children and babies and those with serious illnesses.

Never leave anyone in a closed, parked vehicle, especially older people, infants, young children or animals.

If medicines are sensitive to temperature it may be worth keeping them in the fridge.

Children should not take part in vigorous physical activity on very hot days, such as when temperatures are above 30°C.

Take early action – seek advice from your local pharmacy if you have a long-term health condition and are starting to feel unwell before it gets more serious.

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