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How to keep cool and stay safe during this week’s heatwave

PUBLISHED: 12:18 19 June 2017

Heatwave advice includes staying in the shade where possible (Picture: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire)

Heatwave advice includes staying in the shade where possible (Picture: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire)

People across Newham are being urged to stay cool, hydrated and to check on vulnerable neighbours during the extreme hot weather predicted this week.

The Met Office has issued a level 3 heatwave alert for London, running from today until Thursday, which means there is a 90 per cent chance of temperatures being high enough on at least two consecutive days to have a significant effect on health.

Advice issued by Newham Council includes avoiding going out in the hottest part of the day – 11am and 3pm – and when you do go out, stay in the shade, apply suncream and wear a hat or light headscarf.

You should also avoid extreme physical exertion and excess alcohol, drink plenty of water and eat cold food, especially salads and fruit with a high water content.

You can keep your home cool by closing curtains that receive morning or afternoon sun, turn off non-essential lights and electrical equipment, and should make sure you have enough food, water and any medication you need.

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