Take sensible precautions to guard against the extreme heat

SUN worshippers are urged to take sensible precautions as North Staffordshire braces itself for would could be the district's hottest day of the year.

The Met Office forecast temperatures soaring up to 28deg C in the scorching mid-day sun.

Yesterday (June 24) the thermometer reached 32.6C (90.7F) at London's Heathrow Airport.

Health experts are warning those most vulnerable - many of whom have been shielding during lockdown - to protect themselves during the hot spell over the next few days.

Warnings have also been issued about UV levels, which are going to be exceptionally high.

The Met Office advice includes closing curtains on rooms that face the sun to keep indoors cooler, avoiding drinking excess alcohol and dressing appropriately for the weather.

People should drink at least six glasses of water - taking sips throughout the day - to avoid becoming de-hydrated.

Emergency services are also urging people not to be tempted to cool down in open water like Knypersley Pool.

The Canal River Trust reservoir near Biddulph is 12.2 metres (40ft deep) at its extreme and has an average depth of 6.5m (21ft).

Dog walkers are also advised not to let their pets swim in the water which in parts is reported to be covered with harmful blue green algae.

Picture: Knypersley Pool near Biddulph.


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