How southerners cope with the heat as the mercury hits 30 degrees

Parts of the south hit just over 30 degrees on Tuesday (07/20) and temperatures could rise further before the end of the week.

A three-day “orange extreme heat warning” issued by the Met Office is the first of its kind and advises people to watch out for sunburn and heat exhaustion.

Ambulance services say they are incredibly busy and the BCP Council has distributed water to visitors.

People at Bournemouth Beach enjoying the warm weather Credit: ITV meridian

The continued warm weather follows a weekend where nearly half a million people visited Bournemouth and Poole beaches.

While the number of visitors was a little more manageable during the week, the heat wave has meant the RNLI has been busier than usual over the past few days.

Ross MacLeod, RNLI, says people who are generally good swimmers are not guaranteed to be safe in the water.

He says, “Just because you are a good swimmer in a pool does not necessarily mean you are going into the open water. Be careful and watch your safety.”

Staff at a day center in Boscombe make sure their clients are getting plenty to drink, while caregivers feel the heat in their PPE.

Sarah Case, senior manager of daytime opportunities, says clients are given take home information to remind them to keep drinking water at home.

She says, “This is especially for our elderly population, as they need to make sure they drink a lot to keep themselves healthy.”

Emma Hilliard, senior daytime opportunity manager, says staff continue to wear their uniforms and plastic aprons when working with clients.

She says, “We also wear our masks all the time and with personal care we also wear gloves, so we have to try to dress lightly underneath to stay cool.”

During this time, people are advised to be aware of the health risks posed by extreme heat and to maintain their fluid intake.

Dr Richard Fieldhouse, Clinical Director, Sussex CCG, said: “People can start to feel thirsty, overheat, start to tire, their joints and muscles start to ache. If this persists their temperature can really skyrocket, they can stop sweating, they can become unconscious. “

The South Central Ambulance Service says it has seen an increase in calls in hot weather.

The service, which covers Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Hampshire and Oxfordshire, has warned people to keep ambulance teams for those in need.

Paul Jefferies of South Central Ambulance Service spoke to Fred Dinenage about the reason for the increase in the number of calls.

WATCH: Fred spoke to Paul Jefferies of the South Central Ambulance Service

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