Scorching temperatures expected to last till Sunday have led Slough's public health team to offer advice to people in the borough.

A level 3 heatwave warning was issued by the Met Office today lasting until Sunday with temperatures as high as the mid-30s Celsius possible.

Tips for coping in hot weather:

• Drink cold drinks regularly, such as water and diluted fruit juice. Avoid excess alcohol, caffeine (tea, coffee and cola) or drinks high in sugar.

• Wear loose, cool clothing, and a hat and sunglasses if you go outdoors.

• Avoid the heat: stay out of the sun and don't go out between 11am and 3pm (the hottest part of the day) if you're vulnerable to the effects of heat.

• Shut windows and pull down the shades when it is hotter outside. If it's safe, open them for ventilation when it is cooler.

• Keep rooms cool by using shades or reflective material outside the windows. If this isn't possible, use light-coloured curtains and keep them closed (metallic blinds and dark curtains can make the room hotter).

• Have cool baths or showers, and splash yourself with cool water.

• Listen to alerts on the radio, TV and social media about keeping cool.

• Plan ahead to make sure you have enough supplies, such as food, water and any medications you need.

• Identify the coolest room in the house so you know where to go to keep cool.

• Check up on friends, relatives and neighbours who may be less able to look after themselves.

• Use hand sanitiser as part of your hygiene routine when soap & water are unavailable.

Councillor Natasa Pantelic, cabinet member for health and wellbeing, said: “While many people enjoy hot weather, high temperatures can be dangerous, especially for those particularly vulnerable such as older people, young children and those with serious illnesses.

“If anyone knows someone who might be at special risk, please make sure they know what to do.

“We want everyone to be as safe as possible in these conditions, so advise everyone to stay out of the sun as much as possible, keep their homes cool during the day and also ensure lots of fluids are drunk.”

Gemma-Jo Leary

Communications Officer

Slough Borough Council

01753 875007

07784 360254