All bets are on for a hot week ahead

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With the weather for the week ahead predicted to be a scorcher, make sure you have the skills to enjoy it.

This week temperatures are expected to reach 28°c and although that means you can enjoy the delights of a BBQ with friends to enjoy the World Cup, we don’t want you to be out of the game too soon!

Read our top tips to avoid an early knockout:

Be sun aware

  • Apply a good amount of sunscreen of at least factor 15 and four-star UVA rating. You should follow the guidance on the bottle of how often you should reapply
  • Drink plenty of water or cold drinks to keep hydrated
  • Remember that alcohol increases your risk of dehydration
  • Stay in the shade between the hottest hours of the day 11am & 3pm
  • Cover up and wear sunglasses
  • Don’t forget to check on elderly family, friends and neighbours who may find the heat too much.

BBQ Safety

  • Make sure you defrost food overnight in the fridge or if this is not possible, using a microwave on the defrost setting directly before cooking to stop harmful bacteria growing
  • Store raw foods separately from ready-to-eat foods, covered on the bottom shelf of your fridge
  • Ensure the meat is steaming hot throughout, there is no pink meat visible when you cut into the thickest part and the meat juices run clear
  • Ensure your BBQ is on a flat surface away from sheds, fences or trees
  • Never leave the BBQ unattended

If you feel unwell after being in the sun, call NHS 111 for advice.

You can find more information on protecting yourself in the sun at NHS Choices.