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Advice issued ahead of bank holiday warm weather

The Met Office has issued a Level 3 Heatwave Alert in the South East covering part of the Bank Holiday weekend.

That means there's a 90% chance of heatwave conditions on Saturday and Sunday, as temperatures could reach highs of 27 degrees.

Locally Hampshire County Council has advised those in the sunshine to stay cool and hydrated.

These tips have been issued by the council:

Top tips for everyone to follow:

1. Stay out of the heat:

  • Keep out of the sun between 11.00am and 3.00pm - if you have to go out in the heat, walk in the shade, apply sunscreen and wear a hat and light scarf;
  • Avoid extreme physical exertion;
  • Wear light, loose-fitting cotton clothes.

2. Cool yourself down:

  • Have plenty of cold drinks, and avoid excess alcohol, caffeine and hot drinks, and eat cold foods, particularly salads and fruit with a high water content;
  • Take a cool shower, bath or body wash, or sprinkle water over the skin or clothing, or keep a damp cloth on the back of your neck.

3. Keep your environment cool:

  • Keep your living space cool - place a thermometer in your main living room and bedroom to keep a check on the temperature;
  • Keep windows that are exposed to the sun closed during the day, and open windows at night when the temperature has dropped; Close curtains that receive morning or afternoon sun;
  • Turn off non-essential lights and electrical equipment – they generate heat;

4. What to do if you or someone you know is unwell:

  • Even people who are usually fit and well need to take particular care during a heatwave. Dehydration, heat exhaustion and heatstroke can affect anyone.
  • In addition, it is important that outdoor workers stay out of the sun and take measures to keep cool and hydrated.
  • Call NHS 111 or a GP if you or someone you know is unwell. Call 999 in an emergency.

Executive Member for Public Health at Hampshire County Council, Councillor Judith Grajewski, said:

“It’s really important to look after yourself and those around you in a heatwave by following advice for protecting yourself, anyone you care for and people who are vulnerable to the heat.”

Meanwhile, South Western Railway's recommending passengers carry water with them if they're travelling.

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