UPDATE: HOT, HOT HOT: Dorset sizzles in heatwave - highest recorded temperature in county today was 32.5C

FUN: Charlotte Allen, who is in the summer panto at Weymouth, cools down in the sea

SIZZLING: Weymouth Beach

HOT, HOT HOT: Dorset sizzles in heatwave

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DORSET is basking in a heatwave with the highest temperatures of the year so far.

And the sizzling temperatures of 25 degrees-plus – which is putting the county on a par with temperatures in the South of France – is set to continue with the mercury set to climb even further towards the weekend.

The highest temperature recorded by Dorset Live Weather in the county today was 32.5C.

Weymouth weatherman Bob Poots said the town’s hottest day of the year was July 10 with 24.4 degrees recorded in the shade.

Today, and the coming days, is set to beat that as the mercury rises.

Mr Poots said people on Weymouth Beach in direct sunlight will be experiencing more like 35 degrees.

While the warm weather is bringing people out to enjoy the sunshine, health experts are warning of the risks associated with high temperatures.

The very young, the elderly and the seriously ill are the groups who are particularly at risk of health problems when the weather is very hot. In particular, very hot weather can make heart and breathing problems worse.

NHS Dorset CCG Weymouth and Portland locality team will be educating people this summer with their Safe Sun campaign about the dangers of exposure to the sun’s rays and will see the team giving out sunscreen and advice at a number of public events.

Dr Karen Kirkham is a local GP and Chair of the Weymouth and Portland Locality team of NHS Dorset CCG.

She said “One of the benefits of living in such a great part of the country is that a huge number of us enjoy a lifestyle that sees us spending a great deal of time outside. Unfortunately, along with the health benefits this does bring some danger and with this campaign we want to reinforce the message that people should be careful about spending too much time in the sun and should take care of their skin.

Tips for coping in hot weather

The following advice applies to everybody when it comes to keeping cool and comfortable and reducing health risks:

Shut windows and pull down the shades when it is hotter outside. If it's safe, open them for ventilation when it is cooler.

Avoid the heat: stay out of the sun and don't go out between 11am and 3pm (the hottest part of the day) if you're vulnerable to the effects of heat.

Keep rooms cool by using shades or reflective material outside the windows. If this isn't possible, use light-coloured curtains and keep them closed (metallic blinds and dark curtains can make the room hotter).

Have cool baths or showers, and splash yourself with cool water.

Drink cold drinks regularly, such as water and fruit juice. Avoid tea, coffee and alcohol.

Stay tuned to the weather forecast on the radio or TV, or on the Met Office website.

Plan ahead to make sure you have enough supplies, such as food, water and any medications you need.

Identify the coolest room in the house so you know where to go to keep cool.

Wear loose, cool clothing, and a hat if you go outdoors.

Check up on friends, relatives and neighbours who may be less able to look after themselves.

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5:02pm Tue 22 Jul 14

FerryFan says...

Feel really guilty moaning about the hot weather after the horrendous flooding the country had at the beginning of the year. Although, I do remember thinking to myself at the time, that wait till we get really hot weather come summer, and we will suddenly have very short memories!

Although not a fan of very hot weather myself, it is a good summer,
so make the most of it. not long before the shops start putting out the Christmas decorations to remind us THAT isn't too far away, lol!!
Feel really guilty moaning about the hot weather after the horrendous flooding the country had at the beginning of the year. Although, I do remember thinking to myself at the time, that wait till we get really hot weather come summer, and we will suddenly have very short memories! Although not a fan of very hot weather myself, it is a good summer, so make the most of it. not long before the shops start putting out the Christmas decorations to remind us THAT isn't too far away, lol!! FerryFan
  • Score: 10

5:04pm Tue 22 Jul 14

FerryFan says...

FerryFan wrote:
Feel really guilty moaning about the hot weather after the horrendous flooding the country had at the beginning of the year. Although, I do remember thinking to myself at the time, that wait till we get really hot weather come summer, and we will suddenly have very short memories!

Although not a fan of very hot weather myself, it is a good summer,
so make the most of it. not long before the shops start putting out the Christmas decorations to remind us THAT isn't too far away, lol!!
Ought to hop on the Barfleur to Cherbourg, but think it is hotter over there!!!
[quote][p][bold]FerryFan[/bold] wrote: Feel really guilty moaning about the hot weather after the horrendous flooding the country had at the beginning of the year. Although, I do remember thinking to myself at the time, that wait till we get really hot weather come summer, and we will suddenly have very short memories! Although not a fan of very hot weather myself, it is a good summer, so make the most of it. not long before the shops start putting out the Christmas decorations to remind us THAT isn't too far away, lol!![/p][/quote]Ought to hop on the Barfleur to Cherbourg, but think it is hotter over there!!! FerryFan
  • Score: -1

5:20pm Tue 22 Jul 14

WykeReg says...

Gosh, how kind of the health police to advise us how to deal with a spell of warm weather! Imagine the carnage that would result if we had to cope all on our own. Thank you Nanny State for looking after me. I mean, 'find the coolest room in the house.' Who'd have thought of that?

BTW, 25 degrees in real money is only about 77 Fahrenheit - just starting to get warm. Phoenix, Arizona (a favorite of mine) was over 90 at 2 a.m. this morning It'll get properly hot later. And it's a dry heat. Wonderful.
Gosh, how kind of the health police to advise us how to deal with a spell of warm weather! Imagine the carnage that would result if we had to cope all on our own. Thank you Nanny State for looking after me. I mean, 'find the coolest room in the house.' Who'd have thought of that? BTW, 25 degrees in real money is only about 77 Fahrenheit - just starting to get warm. Phoenix, Arizona (a favorite of mine) was over 90 at 2 a.m. this morning It'll get properly hot later. And it's a dry heat. Wonderful. WykeReg
  • Score: 1

5:29pm Tue 22 Jul 14

MrTomSmith says...

Remind me again, how do you suck eggs.
Remind me again, how do you suck eggs. MrTomSmith
  • Score: 4

9:42pm Tue 22 Jul 14

osmington4 says...

WykeReg wrote:
Gosh, how kind of the health police to advise us how to deal with a spell of warm weather! Imagine the carnage that would result if we had to cope all on our own. Thank you Nanny State for looking after me. I mean, 'find the coolest room in the house.' Who'd have thought of that?

BTW, 25 degrees in real money is only about 77 Fahrenheit - just starting to get warm. Phoenix, Arizona (a favorite of mine) was over 90 at 2 a.m. this morning It'll get properly hot later. And it's a dry heat. Wonderful.
Completely agree with you, it`s ridiculous all these stupid articles telling people what to do when the flaming sun comes out. I bet the rest of the World just laughs at us.........Mind you I have to say I did find it particularly mind boggling trying to discover the coolest room in the house.......because it doesn`t actually exist. Its`s hot, hot, hot everywhere. Yes and I love it too, bring it on the hotter the better.....and stuff the nanny state.
[quote][p][bold]WykeReg[/bold] wrote: Gosh, how kind of the health police to advise us how to deal with a spell of warm weather! Imagine the carnage that would result if we had to cope all on our own. Thank you Nanny State for looking after me. I mean, 'find the coolest room in the house.' Who'd have thought of that? BTW, 25 degrees in real money is only about 77 Fahrenheit - just starting to get warm. Phoenix, Arizona (a favorite of mine) was over 90 at 2 a.m. this morning It'll get properly hot later. And it's a dry heat. Wonderful.[/p][/quote]Completely agree with you, it`s ridiculous all these stupid articles telling people what to do when the flaming sun comes out. I bet the rest of the World just laughs at us.........Mind you I have to say I did find it particularly mind boggling trying to discover the coolest room in the house.......because it doesn`t actually exist. Its`s hot, hot, hot everywhere. Yes and I love it too, bring it on the hotter the better.....and stuff the nanny state. osmington4
  • Score: -3

11:15pm Tue 22 Jul 14

MattWey77 says...

osmington4 wrote:
WykeReg wrote:
Gosh, how kind of the health police to advise us how to deal with a spell of warm weather! Imagine the carnage that would result if we had to cope all on our own. Thank you Nanny State for looking after me. I mean, 'find the coolest room in the house.' Who'd have thought of that?

BTW, 25 degrees in real money is only about 77 Fahrenheit - just starting to get warm. Phoenix, Arizona (a favorite of mine) was over 90 at 2 a.m. this morning It'll get properly hot later. And it's a dry heat. Wonderful.
Completely agree with you, it`s ridiculous all these stupid articles telling people what to do when the flaming sun comes out. I bet the rest of the World just laughs at us.........Mind you I have to say I did find it particularly mind boggling trying to discover the coolest room in the house.......because it doesn`t actually exist. Its`s hot, hot, hot everywhere. Yes and I love it too, bring it on the hotter the better.....and stuff the nanny state.
I would not mind betting there were more than a overly red bodies leaving the beach today.

I am sure that with with sunshine comes the increased chance of skin cancer, which costs the NHS money to treat (and those who suffer with it, I am sure wish they didn't), so how about considering that even if this article only saves a few people that is better than none at all.
[quote][p][bold]osmington4[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]WykeReg[/bold] wrote: Gosh, how kind of the health police to advise us how to deal with a spell of warm weather! Imagine the carnage that would result if we had to cope all on our own. Thank you Nanny State for looking after me. I mean, 'find the coolest room in the house.' Who'd have thought of that? BTW, 25 degrees in real money is only about 77 Fahrenheit - just starting to get warm. Phoenix, Arizona (a favorite of mine) was over 90 at 2 a.m. this morning It'll get properly hot later. And it's a dry heat. Wonderful.[/p][/quote]Completely agree with you, it`s ridiculous all these stupid articles telling people what to do when the flaming sun comes out. I bet the rest of the World just laughs at us.........Mind you I have to say I did find it particularly mind boggling trying to discover the coolest room in the house.......because it doesn`t actually exist. Its`s hot, hot, hot everywhere. Yes and I love it too, bring it on the hotter the better.....and stuff the nanny state.[/p][/quote]I would not mind betting there were more than a overly red bodies leaving the beach today. I am sure that with with sunshine comes the increased chance of skin cancer, which costs the NHS money to treat (and those who suffer with it, I am sure wish they didn't), so how about considering that even if this article only saves a few people that is better than none at all. MattWey77
  • Score: 0

8:18am Wed 23 Jul 14

FerryFan says...

Have you even noticed that you never see skinny people sunburnt, only obese people... Skinny people have a healthy glow.

And I am the wrong side of a size 12... ;-)
Have you even noticed that you never see skinny people sunburnt, only obese people... Skinny people have a healthy glow. And I am the wrong side of a size 12... ;-) FerryFan
  • Score: -2

11:07am Wed 23 Jul 14

arlbergbahn says...

Can i have a new Cliché Bingo card, please, Echo? Do they train their journalists to turn out these horrible tacky headlines? Or do they select them because of their ability to turn out headlines like "HOT, HOT, HOT!" and use the word "Sizzle" at the drop of a hat?
Can i have a new Cliché Bingo card, please, Echo? Do they train their journalists to turn out these horrible tacky headlines? Or do they select them because of their ability to turn out headlines like "HOT, HOT, HOT!" and use the word "Sizzle" at the drop of a hat? arlbergbahn
  • Score: -1

10:04pm Thu 24 Jul 14

osmington4 says...

MattWey77 wrote:
osmington4 wrote:
WykeReg wrote:
Gosh, how kind of the health police to advise us how to deal with a spell of warm weather! Imagine the carnage that would result if we had to cope all on our own. Thank you Nanny State for looking after me. I mean, 'find the coolest room in the house.' Who'd have thought of that?

BTW, 25 degrees in real money is only about 77 Fahrenheit - just starting to get warm. Phoenix, Arizona (a favorite of mine) was over 90 at 2 a.m. this morning It'll get properly hot later. And it's a dry heat. Wonderful.
Completely agree with you, it`s ridiculous all these stupid articles telling people what to do when the flaming sun comes out. I bet the rest of the World just laughs at us.........Mind you I have to say I did find it particularly mind boggling trying to discover the coolest room in the house.......because it doesn`t actually exist. Its`s hot, hot, hot everywhere. Yes and I love it too, bring it on the hotter the better.....and stuff the nanny state.
I would not mind betting there were more than a overly red bodies leaving the beach today.

I am sure that with with sunshine comes the increased chance of skin cancer, which costs the NHS money to treat (and those who suffer with it, I am sure wish they didn't), so how about considering that even if this article only saves a few people that is better than none at all.
What has skin cancer got to do with advice re finding the coolest room in the house? sorry but I think you`re missing the point.......The warnings to look after your skin are spot on.....but the rest is a load of baloney, dictated by the nanny state. You`re not a lib dem by any chance are you?
[quote][p][bold]MattWey77[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]osmington4[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]WykeReg[/bold] wrote: Gosh, how kind of the health police to advise us how to deal with a spell of warm weather! Imagine the carnage that would result if we had to cope all on our own. Thank you Nanny State for looking after me. I mean, 'find the coolest room in the house.' Who'd have thought of that? BTW, 25 degrees in real money is only about 77 Fahrenheit - just starting to get warm. Phoenix, Arizona (a favorite of mine) was over 90 at 2 a.m. this morning It'll get properly hot later. And it's a dry heat. Wonderful.[/p][/quote]Completely agree with you, it`s ridiculous all these stupid articles telling people what to do when the flaming sun comes out. I bet the rest of the World just laughs at us.........Mind you I have to say I did find it particularly mind boggling trying to discover the coolest room in the house.......because it doesn`t actually exist. Its`s hot, hot, hot everywhere. Yes and I love it too, bring it on the hotter the better.....and stuff the nanny state.[/p][/quote]I would not mind betting there were more than a overly red bodies leaving the beach today. I am sure that with with sunshine comes the increased chance of skin cancer, which costs the NHS money to treat (and those who suffer with it, I am sure wish they didn't), so how about considering that even if this article only saves a few people that is better than none at all.[/p][/quote]What has skin cancer got to do with advice re finding the coolest room in the house? sorry but I think you`re missing the point.......The warnings to look after your skin are spot on.....but the rest is a load of baloney, dictated by the nanny state. You`re not a lib dem by any chance are you? osmington4
  • Score: 1

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