Heatwave alert: staying safe and making the most of the sun

We're in the middle of a heatwave, and people are being advised to stay safe while enjoying the sun.

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WATCH: Bees swarm in Bristol's heatwave

A swarm of bees in Totterdown, Bristol. Credit: Juliet Fleming

If you're feeling a little restless in the heat, spare a thought for the region's bees.

Juliet Fleming from Bristol has sent us this clip of bees swarming in the hot weather. They gathered in the front garden of a house on Hawthorn St, near Hillcrest Primary School in Totterdown earlier this week.

Experts say it is natural for bees to swarm in hot weather.

A bee specialist has collected the majority of the insects, and will return to collect the stragglers, who are likely to die without their colony.

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Hot weather warning after couple are rescued from sea

RNLI lifeboat Anna Stock comes to the rescue of two holiday-makers who got into trouble off Weston-super-Mare Credit: RNLI

The RNLI is warning people to be sensible in the heat. It comes as a couple had to be rescued after getting into difficulties in the sea off Weston-super-Mare

The lifeboat was launched after the man and woman from Sutton Coldfield were spotted hanging onto the struts of Birnbeck Pier yesterday afternoon, 30 June. They were brought aboard and taken to shore at Knightstone Harbour where they were checked over and left to carry on their holiday.

The speed of the tide running under Birnbeck Pier could have put these two into serious danger. Although it is very hot we do not advise swimming in the Bristol Channel unless you keep well in to the beach or you know the waters very well.

– Terry Wells, Helmsman

The RNLI filmed the rescue, which you can watch here:

2 degrees behind the South of France: Heatwave here to stay

Officials are close to declaring a Level 3 heatwave. Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Wire

The hottest day of the year so far has prompted a warning from health officials to look out for those who might be suffering.

The very young and old are said to be particularly at risk. The highest recorded temperature in the West was 29 degrees in Filton near Bristol. Public Health England say they're close to declaring a Level 3 heatwave in the West, which would alert authorities to take special measures to protect those at risk. But today families have been making the most of the hot weather.

Jane Solomons' report has more.

Alex Beresford says stay cool in the hot weather

Alex Beresford is prepared for hot weather - will you spot the fact that he's wearing shorts on his broadcasts today? Credit: ITV News West Country

We caught our weather presenter Alex Beresford as he was about to record the forecast. Temperatures could reach 28 C today and, as you can see, Alex is making sure he stays cool in the hot weather.

As well as presenting the weather in shorts (and looking very presentable in the hot weather), Alex has some advice from Public Health England on keeping safe in the heatwave:

  • Try to keep out of the sun between 11am to 3pm
  • Apply sunscreen of at least SPF15 with UVA protection
  • Wear UV sunglasses, preferably wraparound, to reduce UV exposure to the eyes
  • Wear light, loose-fitting cotton clothes, a hat and light scarf
  • Drink lots of cool drinks
  • Look out for others especially vulnerable groups such as older people, young children and babies and those with serious illnesses
  • Never leave anyone in a closed, parked vehicle, especially infants, young children or animals

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Alex's Blog: Prepare for a heatwave!

Credit: Ben Birchall/PA

All the attention might be on the Glastonbury Festival forecast at the moment, but next week is looking red hot with talk of a heatwave. A mass of very warm air is expected to spread northwards over the British Isles bringing temperatures in line with our continental neighbours like Spain and Portugal which may get even hotter. Central parts of France could hit a stifling 40C.

Here in Britain the heatwave is likely to boost temperatures to around 30C across southern parts of England. The north will also feel the effects of the heat, with the mercury rising into the low to mid 20's in places as far north as Scotland.

There is some uncertainty as to how long the heatwave will last, but it's likely to be for a couple of days before it cools off making the conditions more bearable.

There are some things we can do to prepare for this in the West Country, especially if you're elderly, young or vulnerable in the heat.

  1. Try to plan your trips early in the day rather than heading out in the midday heat.

  2. When outside look for areas of shade where you can perhaps take a break.

  3. Drink plenty of water keeping yourself well hydrated.

  4. When out in the sun remember to protect yourself from the UV light which is very strong at this time of year.

Pollen thrives off dry, settled sunny weather so you may find yourself sneezing a lot as levels are sure to spike during this time.

Heatwave's usually go out with a bang so don't be surprised when it all fall down with a thunderstorm.

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