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Met Office yellow warning for Lincolnshire ‘heatwave’ conditions

Heatwave warning

Heatwave warning

The Met Office has issued a yellow warning for ‘heatwave’ conditions in the East Midlands, including Lincolnshire, with temperatures expected to reach 29°C.

Lincolnshire residents are being warned to stay safe in the summer sun during the highest temperatures of the year.

Coun Mrs Patricia Bradwell, executive member for Public Health said: “High temperatures can be dangerous, especially for people who may be particularly vulnerable such as older people, infants and those with serious illnesses, so look out for family, friends and neighbours during the heatwave. Everyone can enjoy the sun safely by following common sense measures such as keeping out of the heat at the hottest time of the day, avoiding sunburn and drinking plenty of water.”

Top advice for being sun safe:

Try to keep out of the sun between 11am to 3pm when the sun is at its hottest

Apply a sunscreen that is at least SPF15 and reapply regularly

Don’t be fooled by cloudy skies, 30-40 per cent of UV rays will still penetrate through cloud cover

Wear UV sunglasses, preferably wraparound, to reduce UV exposure to the eyes, walk in the shade,

Wear light, loose-fitting cotton clothes and a hat

Drink lots of cool drinks: water and fruit juice are best. Avoid caffeine and alcohol as these can dehydrate you

Look out for others, especially vulnerable groups such as 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

Try to keep your bedroom and living space cool, by closing the curtains on windows that receive the sun and opening your windows at cooler times of the day and overnight when you can.

Health and social care workers should regularly check on vulnerable patients, share sun safety messages, make sure room temperatures are set below 26 degrees and ensure patients have access to cold water and ice.

If you or someone else is experiencing symptoms of heat exhaustion including dizziness, vomiting, confusion, headache or intense thirst, rest immediately in a cool place and drink plenty of water. If symptoms persist or worsen call a doctor, 111 or call 999 if the person has collapsed.

Check the weather forecast and any high temperature health warnings at www.metoffice.gov.uk. For more advice and tips on staying safe during the heatwave visit www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/news.

 

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