People are being advised to take “special measures” as the heatwave that has swept the Isle of Wight looks set to stay.

Advice is being issued to elderly Islanders, and people are being urged to look out for those who may be more vulnerable during this spell of hot weather.

Age UK Isle of Wight says the heat we are currently experiencing is particularly challenging for older people, and is actually more dangerous than cold weather.

Age UK IW’s Good Neighbour Scheme team leader Mark O’Sullivan said:

“It looks like this weather trend is going to continue at least until the weekend and maybe into the week again, which means we’ve had four or five weeks of extraordinarily hot weather. It’s about renewing information on a regular basis to keep people aware and mindful that they do need to take special measures in the hot weather. You basically can’t carry on in this weather like you can when it’s cooler.”

Mark also had the following advice:

  • Keep out of the heat. Try to plan your day so that you’re not out and about between 11am and 3pm.
  • Try to avoid strenuous outdoor activity.
  • If you do have to go out stay in the shade, wear a hat and take plenty of water with you.
  • Avoid alcohol, tea or coffee as they can make dehydration worse.
  • Try to eat cold foods from the fridge like salads and fruits, which contain water.

Some of the things you need to look out for are:

  • Cramp in your arms, legs and/or stomach
  • Feeling mildly confused
  • Feeling weak
  • Or having problems sleeping.

If you experience any of these contact your contact or visit your pharmacy.