As the UK experiences some of the hottest days on record this week, charities have published advice on how to keep safe during the heat and information about climate change.
The Met Office has issued amber and red alerts weather warnings to demonstrate its severity. Trains have been cancelled because of the heat, and most people have been advised to work from home if they can.
We took a look at what charities have been saying about the high temperatures on Twitter.
WaterAid UK explained how the extreme temperatures are due to the climate crisis.
The charity tweeted: "It's clear that the #ClimateCrisis is here and is on our doorstep. Parts of the world are already suffering a lot more. World leaders must act, so people can adapt. #Heatwave2022"
In a similar vein, Christian Aid tweeted about its new report, Scorched Earth, which explains how the climate crisis is increasing the severity of drought across the world.
☀️ The heatwave has us all hot and bothered... about the climate crisis!— Christian Aid (@christian_aid) July 15, 2022
👉 Our recent report, 'Scorched Earth', highlights how the climate crisis is increasing the severity of drought and threatening the lives of the poorest people in the world:https://t.co/0pkWzpWwre pic.twitter.com/rbL4N4vYSX
Age UK has issued some tips for how older people can stay cool in the extreme weather. These include staying hydrated and keeping windows and blinds closed indoors when it is cooler inside than outside. The charity also advised people to check how they should store their medications, as most should be kept below 25 degrees Celsius.
⚠️ With the #Heatwave2022 continuing and many areas under a Red Heat Warning, it's vital to stay #WeatherAware and ensure we keep ourselves and older loved ones safe.— Age UK (@age_uk) July 18, 2022
Read our tips on how to stay safe when it's hot: https://t.co/f55PG6Gfeg pic.twitter.com/fGeLBjn9co
Cancer Research UK
Cancer Research UK has advised people to wear sun cream to prevent skin cancer.
📢 As more of us are expected to head outside this weekend due to very high temperatures, we’d like to remind you to enjoy the sun safely! Seek shade when the sun is strong, especially between 11am-3pm, cover up with clothing and apply sunscreen regularly and generously.— Cancer Research UK (@CR_UK) July 15, 2022
Rethink Mental Illness
Rethink Mental Illness said extreme heat can negatively affect people's mental health, so issued some tips on how to deal with the heatwave. One of these is to fill up a hot water bottle with icy water.
Dogs Trust took the opportunity to advise dog owners to walk their dogs either early in the morning or late at night when the weather is at its coolest.
Battersea advised cat owners to check underneath their cars before driving off, as cats often like to nap in the shade during hot weather. They also issued advice for dog owners, and said a good way to keep furry friends cool is by giving them frozen treats.
With the warm weather, it’s important to think about staying safe in the heat, especially for our furry friends. Here are a few tips to keep your dogs safe! 🐶☀️— Battersea (@Battersea_) July 16, 2022
Don't forget water ✅
Take regular breaks in the shade ✅
Be aware of hot surfaces ✅
Give them frozen treats ✅ pic.twitter.com/NzQJiuYJ4E
The Blue Cross
The Blue Cross shared a helpful infographic on Twitter that showed signs of heatstroke in dogs, so owners can be aware of them.