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Tips on how to stay safe during the heatwave set for UK

Britain is set to bask in the sunshine in the next few days with health officials issuing guidance on how to stay safe in the sizzling sunshine.

Public Health England said the high temperatures are "dangerous" for the most vulnerable people in society and urged people to consider how the weather may affect them or their loved ones.

People enjoy the sun on the beach in Worthing in Sussex. Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

The warning comes after the Met Office issued a heatwave alert for five regions, with the extreme summer sunshine set to hit parts of the South East, London, the East of England, the East Midlands and West Midlands

The exceptionally hot conditions are expected to start tomorrow evening and last until Saturday, with temperatures set to exceed 30C in parts of Britain.

A level 2 heat-health alert has been issued - which means there is at least a 60% chance of temperatures being high enough on two consecutive days to have an impact on health.

A woman lays outside in the sun in London. Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

PHE's tips on staying safe during the heatwave

  • Attempt to stay out of the sun during the hottest period of the day, which is usually 11am to 3pm
  • Apply sunscreen of at least factor 15 with UVA protection
People have been urged to wear sunglasses. Credit: J.M. Guyon - Copyright 2012/Candybox Images
  • Wear UV sunglasses - preferably wraparound - to reduce exposure to your eyes
  • Wear light and loose-fitting clothes, a hat and light scarf
Make sure to drink lots of water. Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire
  • Drink lots of cool drinks
  • Look out for the most vulnerable, particularly older people, young children, babies and those with serious illnesses
  • Never leave anyone in a closed, parked vehicle, especially infants, young children or animals
A man enjoys his lunch in the sunshine on the promenade in Dover, Kent. Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

Dr Paul Cosford, director for health protection at PHE, urged people to drink plenty of cool drinks during the heatwave.

Everyone can enjoy the sun safely by keeping out of the heat at the hottest time of the day, avoiding sunburn and staying hydrated with plenty of cool drinks.

Older people and those with long-term illnesses are particularly vulnerable to the effects of very hot weather, so it's important to look out for them and keep indoor areas as cool as possible.

– Dr Paul Cosford, director for health protection at PHE

He added that keeping living spaces cool and turning off lights and electrical items could help tackle the heat.

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.

Turn off non-essential lights and electrical items as these generate heat.

– Dr Paul Cosford, director for health protection at PHE

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