Heatwave predicted for Weston-super-Mare Air Festival weekend

PUBLISHED: 16:56 16 June 2017

A heatwave has been predicted this week.

A heatwave has been predicted this week.


People heading to Weston-super-Mare Air Festival this weekend may want to heed some advice from local NHS experts, who are warning of heatwave conditions to come.

Weather predictions are suggesting ‘a 60 per cent chance of heatwave conditions’ in the South West over Sunday and Monday.

The air festival – which is set to feature displays by the world-renowned Red Arrows – will be in full swing when these temperatures hit on Sunday, while Monday is expected to be hottest of all.

Experts from the region’s clinical commissioning groups, which are in charge of health services, have urged people to take care during the heat.

Dr Jonathan Hayes said: “During hot spells, vulnerable groups such as the elderly feel the acute effects of heat more than others, and it’s long been recognised that death rates rise in the early stages of heatwaves.

“Even if temperatures do not hit extreme levels, residents are still 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. Bedrooms 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 where possible.”

Dr Hayes’ tips for staying safe in the event of a heatwave:

• Keep out of the sun between 11am and 3pm.

• Wear UV sunglasses to protect your eyes.

• Remain in the shade where possible.

• Apply sunscreen of at least factor 15, and with UV protection.

• Wear a hat and light, loose-fitting clothes.

• Drink lots of cool drinks.

• Never leave anyone alone in a close, parked vehicle, particularly infants, children and animals.

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