Regions basks in the sunshine

THOUSANDS of people are expected to take to parks and beaches across Suffolk and Essex this weekend as the region basks in glorious summer sunshine.

Since early June the region has enjoyed a continuing dry spell and the rocketing temperatures are set to continue today and tomorrow. However, there were signs that rainfall might be on the way next week.

Yesterday, the temperature at the Met Office’s Wattisham site hit 30C at 4pm.

John Law, a forecaster at Weatherquest, said: “We’re hitting very nice temperatures for this time of year and it’s feeling very humid.

“In some parts of Suffolk over the weekend it may reach 30C – which is above average for this time of year by a few degrees.

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“Night-time temperatures are also reaching mid-teens and building during the day.”

Tomorrow is expected to be a degree or two lower, then a cooler breeze is set to sweep in..

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The weather conditions are also set to provide a boost to the area economically.

Alex Paul, of Choose Suffolk, said: “When the sun is shining in Suffolk it really does make a huge difference.

“With Suffolk residents enjoying the region’s facilities and the sunshine, the weather also brings people from outside of the region to us – which is fantastic. It’s a financial boost for us too.”

NHS Suffolk has warned the public to take extra care in the hot weather.

Dr Brian Keeble, NHS Suffolk consultant in public health, said: “In terms of advice to stay cool as the high temperatures hit the county, it’s a matter of common sense.

“Listen to your local weather forecast, and plan ahead to reduce the risk of ill health from the heat. Also keep out of the heat –avoid going out in the hottest part of the day, between 11am and 3pm, and if you must go out, stay in the shade.”

Nick Morton, associate director of clinical services at the East of England Ambulance Service, added: “People with serious health problems – for example heart conditions – should avoid going outside if possible.

“And, of course, stick to shady areas when outdoors, and drink plenty of water to stay hydrated.

“This means you can enjoy the good weather without compromising your health, which is the most important thing to consider in such high temperatures.”

However, next week’s weather looks set to dampen spirits with patchy rain and cooler temperatures forecast.

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