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UK News How to stay safe on the beach as UK prepares for heatwave

12:20  06 august  2020
12:20  06 august  2020 Source:   uk.news.yahoo.com

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Britain is bracing itself for a heatwave over the next few days, with parts of the country predicted to be hotter than the Caribbean.

The Met Office says several days of warmer weather, set to start on Thursday and last until Sunday, could see the mercury reach 37C (98.6F) in some areas.

This would mean parts of Britain could pass the threshold for an “official heatwave”, which requires three days of temperatures over 25C (77F).

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The record temperatures are likely to see Brits flocking to the beaches, but how can you keep yourself safe in a heatwave?

What are the main risks of a heatwave?

a group of people on a beach: BRIGHTON, ENGLAND - JULY 31: Members of the public enjoy the sunshine on Brighton Beach on July 31, 2020 in Brighton, England. High temperatures are forecast across the UK today, with some areas in the south expected to reach 33-34C. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images) © Provided by Yahoo! News UK BRIGHTON, ENGLAND - JULY 31: Members of the public enjoy the sunshine on Brighton Beach on July 31, 2020 in Brighton, England. High temperatures are forecast across the UK today, with some areas in the south expected to reach 33-34C. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

According to the NHS, the main risks of basking in the sunshine are dehydration, overheating, and heat exhaustion or heatstroke.

Anyone can be affected, but the most vulnerable include: older people — especially those over 75; people with serious of long-term illnesses and those who find it hard to keep cool like babies and the very young.

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The British Red Cross warns of the possibilities of sunburn and heatstroke while relaxing on the beach.

The organisation’s website says: “Whether you're going abroad or enjoying a 'staycation' in the UK, heading to the coast is a great way to keep cool in the hotter weather.

“The sea breeze and regular dips in the sea help keep your body temperature down, but bear in mind that the sun is still very strong and precautions must be taken.”

Sunburn

Prevention is always better than cure, the Red Cross advises, so make sure you use high factor suncream.

If you do get sunburn, move into the shade, sip cold water, and dab the affected skin with cold water. Make sure you apply after-sun later on to soothe the area.

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Heatstroke

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Heatstroke happens when the body gets so hot it can't control its temperature. According to the Red Cross, symptoms include: hot, flushed, dry skin; headache, dizziness and being confused and restless; becoming unresponsive.

If you think someone has heatstroke you should call 999 immediately. Cool the person down by moving them into a cool environment and taking off any outer clothing. You can also wrap them in a cold, wet sheet.

How to stay safe in the water

a group of people riding on the back of a boat in the water: BRIGHTON, ENGLAND - JULY 31: Girls paddle board in the sea on Brighton Beach on July 31, 2020 in Brighton, England. High temperatures are forecast across the UK today, with some areas in the south expected to reach 33-34C. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images) © Provided by Yahoo! News UK BRIGHTON, ENGLAND - JULY 31: Girls paddle board in the sea on Brighton Beach on July 31, 2020 in Brighton, England. High temperatures are forecast across the UK today, with some areas in the south expected to reach 33-34C. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

As people pour to the beaches, the RNLI has urged families to be aware of potential dangers following its busiest day for four years involving more than

The Coastguard reported its busiest day for more than four years as it dealt with more than 300 incidents.

Ahead of this week’s sunny spell, Gareth Morrison, RNLI head of water safety, said: “Our coastline is a fantastic place to spend time together as a family, especially when the sun is out and it’s hot.

“But there are also plenty of potential dangers, especially for those who aren’t fully aware of their surroundings and may be visiting a particular beach for the first time.

“We are advising everyone planning a visit to a beach or the coast to follow (the) beach safety advice.”

The RNLI advises parents not to allow children to use inflatables as they can be swept out to sea and also reminds parents to be aware of rip currents.

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