High Temperature

High Temperature

A normal temperature is between 36 and 37.5ºC (96.8 and 99ºF). A temperature above this may be a sign of illness.

A high temperature usually means you have an infection of some kind, such as a cold or flu.

However, a high temperature can also be due to other infections, some of them serious. It is important to look at other symptoms you might have.

Remember, you can still be sick even if you don’t have a high temperature.


Talk to your pharmacist and use either paracetamol or ibuprofen to reduce temperature and relieve pain. 

When to see a doctor of nurse

  • If you feel particularly unwell
  • If you have a rash which doesn't fade when you press a glass against it
  • If you have a high temperature for more than three days.

More information

Managing your high temperature