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6th July 2018

The Met Office has issued a level 3 warning for heatwave conditions over the weekend and Milton Keynes Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is reminding people to take care when enjoying the sunshine.

There is a 90% chance of heatwave conditions until 9am on Monday morning (9 July 2018). Keeping active in the fresh air is good for our health but exposure of unprotected skin to the sun’s harmful rays can cause serious problems including sunburn, heatstroke and even cancer.

The CCG has issued some top tips to keep people in the Milton Keynes area safe in the sun:

- Drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration in hot weather

- Apply sunscreen with a factor of at least 15 and preferably higher

- Use sunscreen to protect babies and children, and ensure they have plenty of fluids when outside in the open air

- Avoid sunbathing between 11am and 3pm when the sun is at its hottest

- If travelling by car, take drinking water for the journey and ensure children do not become overheated

- Never leave anyone in a closed, parked vehicle, especially infants, young children or animals 

- Use sun glasses that offer your eyes 100 UV protection.

In the UK more than 8 in 10 cases of melanoma, the most serious type of skin cancer, could be prevented through enjoying the sun safely and avoiding sunburn.

Not only is a heatwave expected this weekend but England will also be playing in their first World Cup quarter final since 2006. The British Beer and Pub Association (BBPA) is predicting that an extra eight million pints will be bought during the match. Coupled with the intense heat expected on Saturday, it is even more important that anyone enjoying the match keeps themselves hydrated throughout the day to restrict the effects of alcohol on your health.

For more information on staying safe during a heatwave, visit https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/healthy-body/heatwave-how-to-cope-in-hot-weather/