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The heatwave is affecting the whole region - so are you enjoying it or enduring it?

Portsmouth councillors issue weather warning

12 month old Rose Blythe enjoys an ice cream on West Wittering beach near Chichester. Credit: PA

As temperatures continue to soar Portsmouth councillors are asking residents to stay safe and look out for elderly and vulnerable people who may not cope well in the heat.

The sea breeze helps temperatures in the city to stay cooler than other places. However the council recommends:

• Keep out of the sun between 11.00am and 3.00pm

• Try to stay in the shade, apply sunscreen and wear a hat and light scarf

• Wear light, loose-fitting cotton clothes to stay comfortable

• Have plenty of cold drinks, and avoid excess alcohol, caffeine and hot drinks

• Keeping your living space cool is especially important for infants, the elderly or those with chronic health conditions or who can’t look after themselves

• Close curtains that receive morning or afternoon sun. However, care should be taken with metal blinds and dark curtains, as these absorb heat

• Keep an eye on isolated, elderly, ill or very young people and make sure they are able to keep cool• Ensure that babies, children or elderly people are not left alone in stationary cars• Check on elderly or sick neighbours, family or friends every day during a heatwave

Kate Lees, consultant for public health, said: "It is really important to stay cool in these hot temperatures by using our tips.

"Sun exposure can be extremely dangerous so while we want you to enjoy the summer we ask that you stay safe by regularly applying SPF and staying in the shade as much as possible."

Sunshine puts paramedics under pressure

South Central Ambulance Service Credit: PA

The continuing heatwave is putting the south's ambulance service under pressure, paramedics say.

The sunny spell has seen an increase in 999 calls to South Central Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SCAS).

Last weekend it responded to 4346 emergency calls - of which 1154 were potentially life-threatening.

The service said it also received a significant number of hoax calls and many more inappropriate calls that do not require an ambulance response. They have included:

• A man bitten by a wild rat

• A man who had a pain in his heel as he had an ulcer

• A person who rang 999 to complain about the people upstairs and the noise they were making

• A man who had cut his hand on a glass whilst washing up

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Zoo animals keep cool with ice lollies and sun cream

A raccoon tucks into a giant ice lolly at Drusillas Park.
A raccoon tucks into a giant ice lolly at Drusillas Park. Credit: Drusillas Park/PA Wire

Zoo keepers in East Sussex have stocked their freezers with giant ice lollies to keep their animals cool during the current heatwave.

Ulu the lar gibbon sits back and relaxes in the sun at the zoo in East Sussex.
Ulu the lar gibbon sits back and relaxes in the sun at the zoo in East Sussex. Credit: Drusillas Park/PA Wire

Raccoons, otters and many of the primates at Drusillas Park in Alfriston have been enjoying the lollies, which are made with frozen fruit, a zoo spokeswoman said.

The pigs are doused with high-factor sun cream to stop them burning.
The pigs are doused with high-factor sun cream to stop them burning. Credit: Drusillas Park/PA Wire

Kune Kune pigs Rusty, Porker and Peppa have also been receiving some extra pampering from staff, who apply high-factor suncream to their skin to ensure they do not burn.

Click here for more animals preparing for the sun

200,000 visit Bournemouth over weekend

Around 50,000 people visited Brighton beach at the weekend. Bournemouth was also packed, with 200,000 people visiting the beach over the weekend. And 80,000 ice creams were eaten in the Dorset resort. At Littlehampton in Sussex, enquiries in the tourism centre were up by 50%.

Virginia Water and Windsor Great Park were 20% down on a normal 'peak' summer weekend - probably because it was just too hot!

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