Who is at risk during extreme heat?
Everyone is potentially at risk during extremely hot weather, but some people have a higher risk of becoming ill than others, including:
Older people, particularly the frail or over 65
Pregnant women, babies and young children
People who live on their own or who don’t live close to other people
People who work outdoors, or who are physically active
People with a physical disability
People with a serious chronic condition (heart problems, breathing problems, diabetes, mental illness, dementia, Alzheimer’s disease or those who are very overweight)
People taking certain types of medications, including those affecting sweating and body temperature
People with a high temperature from an existing infection
It is very important that those at higher risk take extra care of themselves during hot weather. It is also important that family, friends and neighbours of those at higher risk keep in contact with these people regularly to make sure they are coping with the extreme heat.