Lancashire heatwave: Health warnings issued temperatures expected to reach 28C

Experts are warning about the health risks of heatwaves as temperatures continue to climb across the country this week.

Wednesday, 24th June 2020, 7:50 am
Updated Wednesday, 24th June 2020, 8:00 am

The mercury is expected to hit the almost 30C in Lancashire in the coming days, leading forecasters and medics to tell people to take extra precautions to stay safe in the sun.

Warnings have been issued about UV levels, which are going to be “exceptionally high” over the next couple of days.

Met Office meteorologist Alex Burkill told PA that UV levels will be “reaching eight across many places and will be reaching nine across parts of Devon and Cornwall tomorrow.

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“The sun is as strong as it gets at the moment because we’re so close to the solstice.

“We’ve got peak sun strength, clear skies, plenty of sunshine – it’s the perfect ingredients for high UV.”

Mr Burkill advised anyone outside for prolonged periods of time on Wednesday and Thursday should take measures to protect themselves.

Shoppers have also been advised to be aware they could be forced to spend extra time in the sun as a result of social distancing measures.

Dr Lynn Thomas, Medical Director at St John Ambulance explained: “You could end up in the sun for longer than expected on what would normally be a quick journey, such as queuing to enter the supermarket, so you should be prepared to look after yourself and others.”

She added: “Heat exhaustion and heatstroke are two of the most serious problems that can develop when the mercury soars but by being prepared you can spot the early warning signs, such as headache and dizziness.”