Warning over heatwave health risks

Wednesday 24th July 2019

Scots are being encouraged to check on older neighbours, family and friends during this week’s scorching weather.

The Met Office is predicting temperatures in Scotland will be as high as 28 degrees Celsius on Thursday, which could turn out to be the hottest day on record across the UK.

Age Scotland is warning older people and those with health problems to take care in the heat.

Michelle Supple, head of charity services at Age Scotland, said: “While many of us are having fun in the sun, it’s important to remember that warm weather can present health risks, especially for older people.

“People with heart or lung conditions, those with reduced mobility or living with dementia can be especially vulnerable when temperatures go up. As we age, it becomes more difficult to regulate our body temperature and this can be exacerbated by some medications.”

Simple steps to stay cool include drinking lots of water and staying inside during the hottest parts of the day.

Ms Supple adds: “We would encourage everyone to check on older neighbours, friends and family to make sure they are doing well and see if they need anything. Something as simple as helping open a window or popping to the shops to pick up some sunscreen can make a huge difference to someone’s comfort and well-being.”