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VIDEO: This is how long Cornwall's heatwave will last

VIDEO: This is how long Cornwall's heatwave will last

Published by Emma Carton at 6:22am 3rd July 2018. (Updated at 5:04pm 3rd July 2018)

Another heatwave health warning grips Cornwall, with temperatures set to soar.

The Met Office issued its first amber alert of the year on Monday.

Although that has now been downgraded to yellow, it has been extended until the weekend.

According to the long-range forecast, the warm weather is set to stay with us for most of July too.

"Throughout the weekend high pressure is set to build from the Atlantic, with much of the UK staying dry and very warm with sunshine. Winds will be light in most places but it will be breezier around coasts. However, there is the risk of cloudier and breezier conditions with some rain in the far north and northwest, particularly on Sunday.

"Into the following week we are likely to hold onto the dry, settled and very warm conditions in central and southern areas although some interludes of showery conditions or a few thundery showers are possible at times.

"Cloudier periods along with light rain and drizzle are likely in the northwest where temperatures are expeected to be closer to normal.

"For the second half of July, the most likely scenario is that the fine weather looks set to predominate across the UK, with mostly dry, sunny and warm conditions, especially in the south. However, there are likely to be interludes of less settled weather, with some rain at times, especially across the far north and northwest of the country.

"Temperatures overall are likely to be above average during the second half of July, with some further very warm spells possible.

"However, temperatures may return to near average at times, particularly in any changeable spells of weather".

Met Office Long-Range Forecast

What is the health advice for a heatwave?

Public Health England says children, the elderly and people with heart and lung conditions are most at risk.

Deputy Director of Health Protection for PHE in the south-west, Mike Wade, warns many will struggle to cope.

"We know that at this time of year, many people will come to the South West to enjoy the coast, the scenery and outdoor activities that are offered, and enjoy the good weather.

"But we know that when weather like this hits, for some people, temperatures like these, over more than a day or two, can be really uncomfortable and pose a significant risk to health.

"This is because their bodies may struggle to adapt to working harder, as all our bodies do when the weather gets this hot, and they can become ill.

"It's vitally important that we keep an eye on friends, family and neighbours who may be at risk.

"For others, the best thing to do is avoid the sun during the hottest parts of the day, carry water with you when travelling and if going out to large events, and we know lots of people will be watching football this week, think what you can do stay cool.

"It's also worth remembering to think about keeping homes cool as this can aid sleeping at night and give the body time to recover from the heat of the day".

How can I stay safe in the heat?

  • Look out for others, especially older people, young children and babies and those with underlying health conditions
  • Close curtains on rooms that face the sun to keep indoor spaces cooler and remember it may be cooler outdoors than indoors
  • Drink plenty of water as sugary, alcoholic and caffeinated drinks can make you more dehydrated
  • Never leave anyone in a closed, parked vehicle, especially infants, young children or animals
  • Try to keep out of the sun between 11am to 3pm
  • Take care and follow local safety advice, if you are going into the water to cool down
  • Walk in the shade, apply sunscreen and wear a hat, if you have to go out in the heat
  • Avoid physical exertion in the hottest parts of the day
  • Wear light, loose fitting cotton clothes
  • Make sure you take water with you, if you are travelling.

Watch how to protect yourself in the sun, including the 'right way' to apply sunscreen...

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