Stay safe in the sun during increase in temperatures

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Local charities have issued advice on how to stay safe in the sun as temperatures have reached their highest levels of the year.

Temperatures have already reached highs of 33 degrees, and the Met Office has issued a Level 2 yellow heat warning for the East Midlands.

The threshold temperatures for the region are a maximum of 30 degrees during the day and a minimum of 15 degrees at night.

A yellow warning is triggered when the risk is 60 per cent or above for threshold temperatures being reached on at least two consecutive days.

The Met Office website reads: “This is an important stage for social and healthcare services who will be working to ensure readiness and swift action to reduce harm from a potential heatwave.”

Age UK have issued a number of guidelines and tips to avoid heat stroke and staying cool including: taking a bottle of water when travelling, staying inside during the hottest time of the day, wearing loose clothing and drinking lots of fluid.

For more information on staying cool in the heat visit the charity’s website

Paul Martin, Headquarters Manager for LIVES, said: “During times of extreme temperatures we usually see an increase in calls, but we can’t be sure of how many we’ve had until the figures are released next month.

“A lot of the calls we get could be from people who have underlying conditions which are affected by heat, and that it’s not directly related.”

Paul added: “The best thing to do is to try and keep as cool as possible and to drink plenty of fluids - being dehydrated quickly finds you out.

“It can easily be forgotten that sunshine can cause skin cancer. So it’s best to slap on some sunscreen too particularly on your face and back of the neck.”