Another 15 days of sunshine as forecasters predict heatwave will continue in Sussex (From The Argus)
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Another 15 days of sunshine as forecasters predict heatwave will continue in Sussex
Get ready to sizzle in the sunshine for another glorious fortnight of summer.
But weather experts have issued a severe weather alert - for a heatwave.
While many of us will be heading for the beach or firing up the barbeque, health bosses are warning residents to look out for elderly neighbours, young children and people with chronic health problems who may suffer in the extreme heat.
Last night the Met Office issued a Level 2 Heatwave Alert warning the high temperatures could last from today (FRI) through to Sunday which means a 60 percent or more probability of heatwave conditions on two or more consecutive days.
A spokesperson for the Met Office said: “In the South the highest temperatures are expected on Saturday and Sunday at 22C.
“A warning has been issued in the South because the minimum temperatures will remain high, at around 15C overnight on Saturday, meaning there is no cooling down period.”
The Met Office has predicted temperatures will be above average for the next 15 days in the South.
People are being encouraged to take precautions to stay cool over the weekend and look out for those at particular risk, including older people, babies and young children, and people with a serious chronic condition, particularly breathing or heart problems.
People are advised to try and stay cool, drink plenty of water and wear sun cream.
Dr Nicholas Barrie, CCG Clinical Director and local GP, said: “Please make sure you are prepared for the hot weather and in particular, that you look out for vulnerable or elderly neighbours, friends and family.”
The warm weather is set to attract more people to the seafront in Brighton. Adam Chinnery, of Brighton Seafront Traders' Association, said: “The weather will be really good for the city and brilliant for the seafront.
“After a poor summer last year, a long winter, and a slow start to this summer, this is just what the seafront needs.
“All of the businesses deserve and need it.”
SECAmb is also urging people to be equally cautious during the hot weather.
Senior operations manager, James Pavey said: “It's great the summer seems to have arrived and of course people are going to be keen to get out and enjoy the warmer weather while it lasts.
“We'd simply ask they are sensible and cover up and use sun cream, drink plenty of water and use their common sense.”
TIPS FOR THE HEATWAVE:
Ensure you drink plenty of water
Stock up on high-protection sun cream
Make sure you know the symptoms of hayfever and stock up on medication if you need it
Plan ahead to minimise outdoor work and exercise during the hottest parts of the day
Drink plenty of water regularly even if you don't feel particularly thirsty In the heat of the day, stay indoors or in the shade as much as possible
Use a sunscreen of SPF 15 or higher Remember, alcohol causes dehydration, so limit your intake
Dress in loose-fitting clothes and protect your face and head
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