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Doctor reveals top hacks on how to keep cool at night during heatwave

Dr Sarah Jarvis has offered up some of her best hacks when it comes to trying to keep cool at night during the current heatwave.

Temperatures have soared across the UK over the past week, seeing London reach the likes of 37 degrees Celsius.

And as we all struggle to get a good night’s sleep during the sunny weather the Good Morning Britain regular gave out some advice when appearing on the breakfast show this morning.

After host Kate Garraway complained about a restless night, Dr Sarah said: ‘We don’t want to have a really cold shower.

‘If you have a cool shower and then allow the water to evaporate off your skin… It will definitely help cool you down.’

‘They stole my idea about the cold hot water bottles,’ she went on before warning viewers: ‘But please don’t forget; never put ice directly onto your skin because that can cause ice burns.

‘But a cool flannel around your neck, and possibly putting sheets in the freezer, but not again risking any ice burns, can help.’

The Met Office has warned people not to be caught out by the rising temperatures, causing both dehydration and sunburn.

Grahame Madge, a Met Office spokesperson, said: ‘Everyone needs to be careful during this heatwave where we are going to see a dramatic rise in temperature in some parts, exceeding the heatwave threshold.

‘After a slightly cooler week, people should make sure they aren’t caught out. If you need to travel, keep hydrated and apply sunscreen; the chance of sunburn and dehydration will be much higher.’

Meanwhile, Ishani Kar-Purkayastha, a consultant at Public Health England, offered up a similar sentiment, adding: ‘This summer, many of us are spending more time at home due to Covid-19.

‘A lot of homes can overheat, so it’s important we continue to check on older people and those with underlying health conditions, particularly if they’re living alone and may be socially isolated.’

Good Morning Britain medical expert Dr Amir Khan recently turned his attention to the pandemic and stressed the importance of social distancing while trying to cool off on the beach.

He also warned that sunlight will not kill coronavirus – saying beachgoers will still need to hand sanitise amid the global crisis. Remember Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s slogan: ‘Hands, space, face.’

Good Morning Britain continues weekdays at 6am on ITV.

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