June 20, 2017
Burnham-On-Sea residents warned as heatwave continues

Burnham-On-Sea residents have been warned to take care of themselves and to check on vulnerable people during this week's heatwave.

Temperatures reached 30.6°C (87.08°F) on Tuesday in the Burnham-On-Sea, and the heatwave is due to continue until Thursday, says the Met Office.

Public Health England South West is urging people to take care by staying cool, drinking plenty of water to maintain hydration, and avoiding sunburn.

It adds that some groups of people can be particularly vulnerable and are at much greater risk of harm, especially those with underlying heart and lung conditions, plus older people, babies and young children.

Dr Angie Bone, Head of Public Health England's Extreme Events team, said: "Spells of hot weather like this are enjoyed by many of us, but they can make a very real impact on some people’s health."

"That’s why it’s so important we all keep an eye on those likely to be most at risk, people with underlying heart and lung conditions, older people and those with younger children."

"Some people in these groups may not be able to take steps to keep themselves cooler – so if you’re able, ask your friends, family and neighbours if they need any support."

Unusual levels of UV are also being recorded in the UK at the moment – with the strength of the UV in some spots being as high as that measured in Cyprus and Gibraltar.

This has prompted further PHE warnings that people should take extra care in the sun at the moment and should keep an eye on PHE’s UV monitors.

The Met Office’s Chief Meteorologist Dan Suri added: "High pressure is dominating our weather, bringing warm and humid air from the tropical Atlantic resulting in these high temperatures and sunny conditions."

"These hot and sometimes humid conditions will continue well into the middle of the week when conditions will start to turn more unsettled in some areas before fresher conditions finally start to move across the country from the north and west later this week."


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