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Stay safe in the sun

By 16th June 2017March 18th, 2019No Comments

The forecast from the Met Office until Friday is as follows: The hot and humid conditions of recent days are likely to continue across southern England through the first half of the week with trigger criteria highly likely to be met. By Wednesday thundery showers are likely to break out across central and northern parts and while it will still be very warm, temperatures may fall a little short of trigger criteria. Still hot across the south at this stage. By Thursday we are likely to see fresher conditions gradually spread in from the west with temperatures falling below trigger criteria, feeling fresher still by Friday, though perhaps holding on to the warmer temperatures in London and the South East until the end of Friday.

The current forecast for the week June 24-July 3 is that it is likely to see more changeable conditions with temperatures close to normal, perhaps on the cool side, especially across the north. Some uncertainty across the south where there is a low risk of hot conditions returning here.

Residents are encouraged to keep safe in the sun, seek shade to cool down and keep hydrated with plenty of cool fluids.

People should also remember that it can get uncomfortably hot indoors too. Bedroom and living spaces can be kept cool, by closing the curtains on windows that receive the sun and opening windows at cooler times of the day and overnight when possible

Top advice for being sun safe:

  • Try to keep out of the sun between 11am to 3pm
  • Wear UV sunglasses, preferably wraparound, to reduce UV exposure to the eyes
  • Walk in the shade whenever possible
  • Apply sunscreen of at least SPF15 with UVA protection
  • Wear a hat and light, loose-fitting cotton clothes to minimise the risk of sunburn
  • Drink lots of cool drinks
  • Look out for others especially vulnerable groups such as the older people, young children and babies and those with serious illnesses
  • Never leave anyone in a closed, parked vehicle, especially infants, young children or animals
  • Non-essential lights and electrical items should also be turned off as these generate heat.

More information on coping with hot spells is available on local health commissioners’ websites at: