The UK has been experiencing drizzle and gloom for a number of weeks now, but it’s been a different story for Europe. With some European countries already in the midst of a heatwave, temperatures are expected to continue to rise over the next week. According to the BBC, Germany, Poland and the Czech Republic recorded their highest-ever temperature in June yesterday.

Temperatures in France, Spain and Switzerland are expected to hit, and exceed, the 40C mark today.

Warnings have been issued in several European countries advising locals and tourists to take extreme caution as heatstroke and dehydration is likely. France in particular has been placed on the second-highest warning level, orange alert. In an attempt to keep casualties to a minimum many schools in France have been closed and exams have been rescheduled, traffic through several cities has been restricted and charities are handing out water to the homeless.

With summer holidays just around the corner, it is essential for tourists to ensure they are taking precautions to keep themselves safe in hot weather. Here are some easy to follow tips for keeping cool during a heatwave:

  • Stay hydrated by making sure you are drinking plenty of water. The recommended amount is 2 litres per day.
  • Keep out of the sun as much as possible, and opt for shaded areas if available.
  • Wear a hat and light clothing.
  • Remember to apply, and reapply sunscreen.
  • Speak to your travel insurer or medical professional if you begin to feel unwell.

Most travel insurance policies will cover medical expenses due to sun/heat-related incidents. Any medical expenses costs under £500 may need to be paid and then claimed back on return, but this should be discussed with the travel insurance company as terms and conditions may differ. If this is the case, a copy of all receipts and invoices should be submitted alongside the claim.