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Staying safe during heatwaves and the hot weather

Date updated: 10/08/2022

Find a cool place and water fountains in the City of London

We have put together a map of the Square Mile which you can use to find places with air conditioning that you can access for free as well as the locations of our clean, free drinking water fountains.

Click here to find cool places and water fountains in the City of London

Why is it important to look after ourselves during warm weather?

Many of us look forward to the lighter, warmer summer days all year round.

There are some important considerations for our health and wellbeing that are helpful to remember when we’re enjoying the nicer weather. Some of us are more vulnerable to heat-related issues than others, including:

  • Older people, especially those aged over 75
  • Babies and young children
  • People living on their own
  • People with a serious or long-term illness, or with a drug or alcohol addiction
  • Those who may find it hard to keep themselves cool, including babies and very young children, people who are bed-bound or who have serious mental health conditions
  • People who spend a lot of time outside or in hot places, for example if they work outside or live in a top-floor flat
  • Pets

How to stay well during heatwaves and the summer

The risks associated with hot weather impact on our health very quickly and it is therefore important that we are prepared when heatwaves and hotter weather occur.

  • Drink plenty of fluids and avoid excess alcohol
  • Slow down when it is hot - don't rush to work or appointments
  • Build in more time to travel and travel during quieter times - especially if you use public transport
  • Listen to the weather forecast
  • If you are feeling too hot (you might feel light-headed) stop and find somewhere to cool down and rest
  • Apply sunscreen
  • Try to stay out of the sun between 11am and 3pm (this is when UV rays are the strongest)

Refer to the NHS heatwave advice and the government's Beat the Heat checklist.