Thurrock and much of England will be basking in high temperatures this bank holiday weekend, but it's important to take some basic steps to keep well in the sun.
Temperatures are likely to reach the high 20s this weekend and could rise even higher to become a record breaking late August bank holiday for England!
There are things you can do to minimise the effect of the high temperatures. Make sure you do not burn when you are in the sun by wearing a sun screen that protects against UVA and UVB rays and keep hydrated throughout the day. Try to drink around eight glasses of water throughout the day and eat more cold food, particularly salads and fruit which contain water.
Plan your day in a way that allows you to stay out of the heat. If possible, avoid going out in the hottest part of the day (between 11am and 3pm). Stay in the coolest rooms in your home as much as possible.
Keep windows closed while it is cooler inside your house than outside and keep curtains closed to protect from the glare of the sun. You can use a fan to keep the air moving or, if your lucky, air conditioning to cool your house. It's best to open your windows after the sun goes down or very early in the morning when the temperature outside is cooler. If you are worried about security, only open windows on the first floor and above, or fit security locks that allow windows to be locked in an open position for ventilation.
Have regular showers or baths and splash yourself several times a day with cold water, particularly on your face and the back of your neck.