The arrival of the sun this weekend will be welcome news for most of us.
Temperatures are predicted to hit a blistering 29C on Saturday and stay warm through the night and into Sunday.
But sun-seekers are also warned to stay safe in temperatures that might be high enough to put health at risk.
Julia Weldon, director of Public Health, said: “A weekend of sun is very welcome and it is very tempting to soak up every second, but it is important to ensure we enjoy it safely.
“High temperatures can be dangerous for vulnerable people including babies, children, elderly people and anyone with an existing medical condition. Others who may be at risk include people with mobility issues, serious mental health problems, those taking certain medications, people who are physically active and people who misuse alcohol or drugs.
“We always ask people to look out for friends, family and neighbours who may be more at risk during extreme winter weather and we’d ask people to do the same during a hot spell. Phone or drop in on people you know might be struggling and just check they have everything they need and are managing to stay well”.
The consequences of ignoring safety advice can be serious, even for people who are otherwise well – over exposure to the sun can cause heat exhaustion or heat stroke. Symptoms can include a headache, dizziness and confusion, nausea, cramps, fast breathing or pulse and a temperature above 38C.
Here are 5 top tips from health specialists on staying safe in the sun:
1. Stay hydrated
Lots of cool drinks are the way to go – and nothing is more hydrating than water. Check out these recipes for healthy lollies and smoothies you can make yourself and the children at Change 4 Life.
2. Alcohol and sun don’t mix
It can be tempting to plan a boozy barbecue but alcohol and the sun don’t mix. Alcohol is a diuretic and can severely dehydrate you. Non-alcoholic versions keep hydration levels high and are perfect for family barbecues. And no hangover!
3. Stay out of the sun during the hottest part of the day
This is usually 11am-3pm. If you’re outside, stay in the shade and follow our next tips too.
4. Wear sun cream
Don’t even think about going without. Wear a high factor and put plenty on. Don’t forget your face and those hard-to-reach places. Make sure children wear factor 50 and reapply regularly and after they’ve been in water.
5. Cover up
Wear loose-fitting clothes and a hat to protect your skin and head.