A heatwave has been forecast during the upcoming Queens Platinum Jubilee bank holiday weekend, with temperatures expected to hit as high as 30 degrees centigrade. While we can enjoy spending time in the sun this weekend and doing so can provide positive health benefits, we should do this safely and be aware of the danger that not protecting ourselves effectively from the sun can bring.
Not protecting yourself from the sun can cause eye damage, immune system suppression, and heatstroke. During June, the sun is at its strongest between 11:00 – 15:00. You are vulnerable to the sun’s harmful effects during these times, so make sure you try to spend some time out of the sun and in the shade throughout this period.
During the warmest periods of the day, it is advisable to wear lightweight clothing to make you as comfortable as possible. Frequently apply a non-oil-based sunscreen of at least factor 30 while in the sun to protect yourself from sunburn.
When out in the sun, wear sunglasses with UV protection and a wide brim hat to shade your face, neck, and ears as they are the parts of your body that are at high risk of sunburn.
Staying hydrated is crucial to our health. There is a higher risk of becoming dehydrated when the weather is hot. The key to staying hydrated is to drink regularly throughout the day. The healthiest drinks are water, diluted squash, and fruit juice. If you don’t enjoy drinking glasses of water, adding fruit to your drink, such as strawberries, will add more flavour and is a healthy alternative.
Stay safe and enjoy your weekend!