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Thousands set to turn up in Brighton for hot weather
11:30am Saturday 20th July 2013 in News
Tens of thousands of sun-seekers are expected to pour into Brighton this weekend as the heatwave shows no sign of cooling.
City tourist chiefs VisitBrighton estimate the weather we have been experiencing has brought in a massive 50,000 visitors over the past two week- ends. Forecasters are predicting temperatures in the South East will continue to rise and could reach 29C in some parts on Monday.
A spokesman for the Met Office said the heat is increasing the chance of thunderstorms in Sussex over the next 15 days.
While the weather is good for tourism in the county, vulnerable people and animals are suffering.
Researchers estimated the heatwave led to 650 deaths in England between July 6 and 14 and ten children have suffered severe sunburn in Sussex, including a month-old baby.
The South East Coast Ambulance NHS Trust has reported a significant increase in calls, with common health complaints brought on by the hot weather including breathing difficulties and chest pains as well as alcohol- related injuries.
Brent Lodge Wildlife Hospital, Chichester has seen a huge increase in reports of dehydrated birds and animals.
As the ground is dry, worms have been moving deeper underground, leaving birds and other animals that eat insects, including hedgehogs and foxes, struggling to find food.
Yvonne Fenter at the hospital said: “Sadly, by the time a wild bird or animal allows itself to be picked up by a rescuer it is often too late because it is in such an exhausted state.
“Although we are able to help a number of lucky ones who are found and brought to us, many others struggle and suffer a slow death.” The RSPCA has also seen a rise in the number of dogs being left in cars.
Between July 1 and 15, a total of 167 dogs were reported as being left in a car in the South East.
Meanwhile, firefighters are remind- ing people to be aware of the risk of outdoor blazes after an increase in the number of grass fires over the past few days.
Group manager for West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service, Rob Mapley, said: “During prolonged hot spells the ground in some areas becomes tinder dry and it only takes one carelessly discarded cigarette to spark a serious fire that puts the public, properties, wildlife and our firefighters at risk.” And Sussex Police are advising motorists to take extra care as the hot weather continues over the weekend.
Inspector James Biggs from the roads policing unit urged motorists to plan their journeys and ensure they are comfortable and safe. He said: “Temperatures are expected to remain around 28C and we are expecting a busy few days on the roads of Sussex. “It is also the traditional start of the school holidays big get away.”
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