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Top tips for coping with hot summer weather

People soak up the sun on the deckchairs in central London's St James's Park. Photo: Tim Ireland/PA Archive/Press Association Images

The summer weather is finally getting hotter with temperatures expected to rise close to 30°C so how should we cope in a heatwave?

Although many of us will enjoying a taste of summer after the coldest first half year in the Anglia region since 1987, the hot conditions can bring problems.

NHS Choices says the very young, the elderly and the seriously ill are the groups who are particularly at risk of health problems when the weather is very hot. In particular, very hot weather can make heart and breathing problems worse.

The Met Office says drink plenty of cool fluids but not alcohol because it dehydrates the body. It also says use screen screen and wear a hat.

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Thousands are expected to head to the beaches during the heatwave Credit: ITV Anglia viewer David Bradley

Thousands are expected to hit the seaside as the hot weather kicks and the RNLI is advising people to swim at beaches with lifeguards. The advice if you see someone in difficulty in the water is to call 999 rather than attempt a rescue by yourself.

The warmer weather will mean many people dust off the barbeque and Norfolk Fire Service has issued guidelines for safe outdoor cooking.

  • Choose a location on flat ground and well away from any sheds, fences and overhanging branches.
  • Ensure the children's play area is well away from the BBQ.
  • Always use prescribed firelighters or starter fuel, and only on cold coals.
  • Never leave the BBQ unattended.
  • One person should be responsible for the BBQ and cooking.
Sunset over Cowlinge in Suffolk

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