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UK heatwave: how to keep cool and stay safe in 40C

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How to stay cool indoors and safe in the sun as parts of England brace for record-breaking temperatures

As parts of England are predicted to hit 40C this week, and fears even fit and healthy people could be at risk of illness and death, we take a look at how to keep cool and stay well.

Keep the inside cool

According to the Heatwave Plan for England, one of the key public health messages is to keep out of the sun between 11am and 3pm. For those seeking shade indoors, the plan has tips for keeping the environment cool, including turning off non‑essential lights and electrical equipment as they can produce heat.

The plan also suggests closing curtains that are in the sun in the morning or afternoon, although it notes dark curtains and metal blinds can absorb heat. The document suggests either replacing them or putting reflective material between them and the window space.

“Keep windows that are exposed to the sun closed during the day, and open windows at night when the temperature has dropped,” the plan adds.

If the temperature is below 35C, an electric fan might also help – but beware, fans can dehydrate you.

Click here for the full article from the Guardian