Top tips for keeping cool with PH this summer

Most of us welcome hot weather, but long periods of hot temperatures can bring health risks.

This week, a heatwave warning has been set by the Met Office advising people to stay out of the sun. The main risks posed by a heatwave include; dehydration (not drinking enough water); overheating, which can make symptoms worse for people who already have problems with their heart and breathing; and heat exhaustion and heatstroke.

With temperatures expected to reach 35C in the coming days, we asked the PH Facebook community for their top tips for keeping cool this summer.

Tracy Roberts said: “Put a cold damp flannel in the freezer for a couple of hours and then place it on your head until it goes warm!”

Michelle Hamilton said: “Ice lollies, chilled water in the fridge, keep blinds down as much as possible, keep a fan on in the main living areas and windows open as much as possible, wear loose clothing and relax and try not to rush.”

Steph Dodge said: “I tie my hair up during the day and night, sleep higher up, keep all windows open and a fan on, plus I take fruzimide when my feet swell up.”

Loz Kissoon said: “I use my horse’s cooling sheets.”

Lisa Martin said: “Drink an iced bottle of water in front of a fan.”

Clare Parr said: “I share my dog’s cooling mat. At night we have several on the bed for us all to sleep on.”

Our top tip for keeping cool is running a towel under cold water, squeezing the excess water off and laying it over your legs. We’ve tried this one ourselves and it stays cold until morning!

For more tips on how to cope in hot weather, visit the NHS Choices website.




Last medically reviewed: July, 2018 • July, 2021