Heatwave health warning as temperatures set to soar

PUBLISHED: 16:44 22 July 2019 | UPDATED: 16:45 22 July 2019

Weston beach is likely to be packed this week. Picture: David Kenneford

Weston beach is likely to be packed this week. Picture: David Kenneford

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A health warning has been issued with temperatures expected to exceed 30C this week.

Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) wants parents to be mindful of allowing children to play outside during the hottest parts of the day.

Dr Lesley Ward said: "As we reach the end of the school year, many of us will be looking forward to a break and spending some quality time outdoors with the family.

"No matter where your summer holiday takes you this year, it's important you prepare to protect you and your family against hotter weather.

"You can help to do this by packing plenty of sun cream when outside, using a high factor of 30 or above and specialist sunscreen for children and babies.

"Trying to keep out of the sun between 11am-3pm is also advised.

"If you have to go out in the heat, walk in the shade, apply sun cream and wear a hat to reduce the impact of the sun. Please remember you don't have to be on holiday to burn."

The CCG says the summer break can see health services become busier with 'more accidents at this time of year'.

As a result it recommends people make better use of minor injuries units, such as the one in Clevedon, rather than head unnecessarily to Weston General Hospital A&E.

Dr Ward added: "You can also reduce the chance of heat exhaustion by wearing loose fitting cotton clothes and drinking plenty of cold drinks to keep hydrated.

"If the weather becomes particularly hot, please also check in on elderly or vulnerable friends and relatives wherever possible, to make sure they have everything they need and are coping well in the heat."

Met Office forecasters believe temperatures could beat the 36.7C record, with the South East expected to see the warmest conditions.

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