Children treated for sunburn as UK bakes on year’s hottest weekend

Children have been treated in hospital for extreme sunburn as Britain experienced what was expected to be the hottest weekend of the year.

Temperatures were expected to reach 30C and beyond in parts of 威尔士 and southern England again on Sunday as an area of high temperature over the UK maintained warm conditions.

Three children with sunburn to what were described as “fairly large areas of their bodies” were admitted to the Welsh Centre for Burns and Plastic Surgery at Swansea’s Morriston hospital over the course of Friday and Saturday.

“Our burns centre has been treating a lot of children with serious sunburn and staff fear a further surge in cases in the coming days,” the Swansea Bay University health board said in a statement. “Please remember to be sun safe. Just a few minutes applying a high-factor sun screen could save you and your child a lot of pain and suffering.”

Northern Ireland recorded its hottest day on Saturday. The townland of Ballywatticock at Strangford Lough set a record with a temperature of 31.2C; the previous record of 30.8C was reached in 1976 和 1983.

In England, a temperature of 30.7C was recorded at Linton-on-Ouse in North Yorkshire on Saturday. The Met Office said the mercury could reach 32C (89.6F) in London on Sunday, making it the hottest day of 2021 so far in the UK.

Public health authorities issued a call for people to keep an eye on anyone at risk from high temperatures, including older people, those with underlying health conditions and young children.

The Met Office forecast a warm night for many parts of the UK, with sunny spells continuing on Monday, particularly in the south of England.

“Dry, very warm or hot” conditions are expected to last into the week, with isolated heavy showers possible, though with cloudier and cooler periods in the north and along the east coast.

A Met Office spokesperson said: “We are expecting temperatures to continue on the high side right through until Thursday, although the day-to-day detail will change and there is a tendency for the highest maximum temperatures to migrate west.

“所以, we are expecting Monday and Tuesday for the maximum temperatures to be in the south-west and in south Wales, and then later in the week temperatures climbing across Northern Ireland and the north-west.”