Dehydration and sunburn the big dangers as temperatures forecast to top 30 degrees

People are being urged to look after each other in the hot weather, with temperatures forecast possibly to exceed 30 degrees centigrade this week.

The principal health risks include dehydration and sunburn. Older people and infants are particularly vulnerable to becoming dehydrated, while children are particularly at risk of sunburn.

Local GP and Chair of Telford and Wrekin Clinical Commissioning Group. Dr Mike Innes, said: “While the young and the elderly are particularly vulnerable, everyone should take care to stay hydrated and take precautions to avoid sunburn.

“People should be aware of the symptoms of dehydration and particularly help older people, especially if they are less mobile and struggle to get regular drinks for themselves.”

"Some medicines pose greater risks when you are dehydrated, so check the information leaflet, or if in doubt consult a pharmacist for more advice".

Signs of dehydration include:

  • feeling thirsty and lightheaded
  • a dry mouth
  • tiredness
  • passing dark urine less often than usual

It’s best to avoid dehydration by drinking plenty of non-fizzy fluids such as water, diluted squash or fruit juice.

Contact your GP or NHS 111 straight away if you have any of the following symptoms:

  • extreme thirst
  • feeling unusually tired (lethargic) or confused
  • not passing urine for eight hours
  • rapid heartbeat
  • dizziness when you stand up that doesn't go away after a few seconds