UK weather: Beachgoers forget to put on sunscreen

BNPS.co.uk (01202 558833) Picture: Graham Hunt/BNPS Date: 15 June 2022. Sunbathers on the beach, one showing signs of sunburn, enjoy the scorching hot sun at the seaside resort of Lyme Regis in Dorset.

This looks like it’s going to hurt a bit… (Image: BNPS)

We know, we know, it’s been a while since you’ve seen the sun in the UK…

But for some people, it’s been so long that they’ve completely forgotten how to behave sensibly in it.

Brits, keen to soak up the sun’s rays, have rushed carefree into the sun – and it’s backfired a bit.

We really hope someone has offered them some aloe vera by now, but with temperatures soaring across the country this week, they won’t be the only ones.

Other people have been spotted out in the sun struggling with the heat – holding umbrellas, coats and honestly anything they could find over their heads to stay in the shade.

And it’s only getting worse as the Met Office warned high temperatures will continue – and potentially get higher – over the next few days.

Forecaster Steven Keates said: “There hasn’t been much exceptionally warm or hot days this year, but that will change.”

“We are expected to experience a brief heatwave late this coming week.”

BNPS.co.uk (01202 558833) Picture: Graham Hunt/BNPS Date: 15 June 2022. A woman walking along the seafront at the seaside resort of Lyme Regis in Dorset on a day of scorching sun showing signs of sunburn.

Some people already caught the sun this week (Image: BNPS)

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And others are really battling the heat (Image: i-Images)

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Anyone need an umbrella? (Image: i-Images)

South East England can see temperatures of 32C on Friday, with Steven adding: “It could potentially be a bit hotter… Mid-thirties are possible.”

As a result, a heat health alert has been issued across much of the country.

Most of southern and central England is on a level 2 alert and northern England is on a level 1 alert.

The alarm acts as an early warning system, highlighting periods of high temperatures that can affect the health of the public.

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What to do in case of severe sunburn?

Sunburn is hot and sore skin caused by too much sun, according to the NHS. It may flake and peel off after a few days, but you can treat it yourself.

It usually gets better within 7 days.

When you get sunburned, your skin can:

  • feel hot
  • Feel sore or painful
  • A few days later flake or peel

If you have white skin, your skin is usually red or pink. If you have black or brown skin, you may not notice a change in your skin color.

If your sunburn is severe, your skin may also blister. Severe sunburn can lead to heat exhaustion or heat stroke, which can include a very high temperature, dizziness, confusion, nausea, or muscle cramps.

If people have any of these symptoms, take them to a cool place immediately, give them plenty of water and call 911 for advice.

People have been urged to check on elderly relatives and vulnerable loved ones throughout the week.

Friday – already dubbed “Fiery Friday” – could be hotter than Portugal, Costa Rica and Cyprus.

Craig Snell, also of the Met Office, added: “Very high UV levels are expected in the south this week, meaning people really should avoid being in the sun during the midday hours.”

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Justin Scacco

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