WITH the sweltering heat set to continue into the weekend, people are being reminded how to safely enjoy the sun.
Portsmouth City Council has issued warnings and safety precautions after the Met Office issued a ‘level three heat health watch’.
Kate Lees, acting consultant for public health, said: ‘It’s important to stay cool in these hot temperatures.
‘Sun exposure can be extremely dangerous so while we want you to enjoy the summer we ask that you stay safe.
‘Elderly and vulnerable people may be suffering.
‘So we ask that you check on elderly neighbours and relatives regularly through the summer.’
Tips given by the council include keeping out of the sun between 11am and 3pm, drinking plenty of cold drinks, avoiding alcohol and ensuring that babies, children and elderly people are not left alone in stationary cars.
Stubbington Ark has also released warnings about looking after dogs in the heat.
A statement from centre said: ‘Dogs die every year due to heat exhaustion and heatstroke.
‘It’s often as a result of being left in hot cars or without an ample supply of fresh water.
‘Heatstroke can be fatal for dogs.
‘To prevent this, owners should ensure their dog can move into a cooler, ventilated environment, should never leave them alone in a car and ensure they always have a good supply of drinking water.’
FUN IN THE SUN
A RANGE of activities are available this weekend giving people in Portsmouth the chance to soak up the sun.
Southsea Food Festival is on all weekend and will be showcasing a variety of produce from the county as well as local restaurants.
Palmerston Road, Osborne Road and Clarendon Road will be housing the festival which starts at 10am.
Residents will also be able to show their support for people running in the Race for Life.
The three or six-mile runs are this Sunday and women will be running to raise money for Cancer Research UK.
Other days out include visiting Clarence Pier, trying golf at Pitch and Putt, at the Tenth Hole or visiting Staunton Country Park which will be holding their summer festival this weekend.
Fratton Park is also hosting its Pompey Fans’ Day which is giving fans the chance to enjoy a fun, family day at the ground.