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Health watchdog advice for staying safe in the sun

Public Health England has issued advice on how to stay safe over the next few days as a heatwaves sweeps across the region.

Temperatures are expected to soar into their thirties this week Credit: PA Wire

The watchdog says keeping safe in the sun is mostly common sense but warns the high temperatures can bring trouble for those with underlying health risks.

“Each year we hear stories of people who have fallen seriously ill because, even though it’s hotter they may wear clothes which are too warm for hot weather, they may not drink enough or just try to do too much," said Dr Angie Bone, head of Extreme Events at Public Health England.

Public Health England issued advice:

  • Look out for others, especially older people, young children and babies and those with underlying health conditions
  • Drink plenty of water - sugary, alcoholic and caffeinated drinks can make you more dehydrated
  • Close curtains on rooms that face the sun to keep indoor spaces cooler and remember it may be cooler outdoors than indoors
  • Open windows when it feels cooler outside and it’s safe to do so
  • Never leave anyone in a closed, parked vehicle, especially infants, young children or animals
  • Try to keep out of the sun between 11am to 3pm
  • If you have to go out in the heat, walk in the shade, apply sunscreen and wear a hat
  • Avoid physical exertion in the hottest parts of the day
  • Wear light, loose fitting cotton clothes

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Radar shows more heavy rain over Midlands

The areas in red are getting up to 12 mm of rainfall an hour Credit: Net Weather

Parts of the Midlands are getting more heavy rain this evening. The radar picture above shows some places covered in red spots, which means they are getting up to 12 mm an hour of rainfall.

Hamster saved from raging torrent in freak flash floods

Torrential rain has brought further havoc to the region with people trapped in cars and homes waterlogged by what's been described as the worst flooding in eight years.

People in South Birmingham were the worst affected and West Midlands fire service said it received nine hundred emergency calls last night.

Cars floated down streets, railway stations looked like canals, and drains became fountains. A pet hamster also had a very lucky escape as the floodwaters overwhelmed one home.

Our reporter Chris Halpin was there as the flooding hit and returned again today as families and businesses reflected on a night they won't forget.

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