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Let the sun reign; NHS Lanarkshire issue safety advice for sun soakers

Written by Scott Campbell.
 
 
 
 
 
Published at 20:56 GMT on Friday, July 19th, 2013.

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AS THE warm summer sunshine continues, Cumbernauld’s sun soaking residents have been urged to take care, by NHS Lanarkshire.

High pressure will continue to dominate over Saturday and Sunday, bringing dry, sunny and very warm weather for many, the Met Office has predicted. 

According to the Met Office’s predictions, the highest temperatures are most likely to be across northern and western parts of the UK where temperatures could reach 27/28 °C in places.

Elsewhere, the Met Office are expecting there to be a little more cloud around than recently, especially around eastern areas, meaning temperatures will be a little lower than those seen this week, although temperatures should still be in the low to mid-twenties.

Paul Gundersen, Chief Forecaster at the Met Office said: "As we head into the weekend the emphasis on the highest temperatures shifts to the western side of the UK where we will see temperatures into the high twenties. Further east, with more cloud around, temperatures will be slightly lower than we have seen during the week with highs of 25 °C."

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Reacting to the forecast, NHS Lanarkshire has urged that people take action to ensure they are well hydrated,  by drinking sufficient amounts of water, but not excessive amounts; staying cool and avoiding excessive exposure to the sun – especially in the middle of the day from 11am to 3pm when the sun is hottest. 

NHS Lanarkshire has also said that groups who are at particular risk from adverse effects, including the young, those with chronic health problems and the elderly, especially if confined indoors at home or in care settings should take especial care of themselves, with help from relatives, friends and neighbours. 

The following websites provide more useful information: http://www.nhsinform.co.uk/summer and http://readyscotland.org/are-you-ready/severe-weather/coping-in-the-heat. 

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