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  Hot weather can be bad for health
Updated 30 July 2004, 08.34
Millions of people took to the beach during the heatwave
Temperatures are soaring. Summer has arrived at last. But be warned - the hot weather can be bad for your health.

The government has issued guidelines in a bid to make sure people look after themselves in the scorching weather.

Children, pensioners and people with asthma and breathing problems are thought to be particularly at risk.

Experts say you can beat the heat by staying in the shade, wearing loose clothing and a hat and making sure you've got a bottle of water to slurp.

Fact File
How to beat the heat
Plan your day to stay out of the heat
Avoid going out between 11am and 3pm
Stay in the shade, wear a hat and loose clothing
Carry water and drink lots of it
Take cool showers or baths
Eat more cold food

By following this advice, experts say you can avoid heat stroke and heat exhaustion.

The government has also issued a "heatwave alert" plan.

Emergency

The plan ranges from being generally aware of the dangers to emergency level, when temperatures have been high for a long time.

The plan will help hospitals and doctors keep on top of the problem.

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