TEMPERATURES could hit record highs in Scotland today (Tuesday July 19 2022) as the country looks set to continue sweltering in a heatwave.
The Met Office has issued an amber weather warning – for extreme heat in eastern, southern and central parts of Scotland – which is in force until midnight on Wednesday.
Ahead of soaring temperatures, which weather experts believe could pass the August 2003 record of 32.9C at Greycrook in the Scottish Borders, NHS Borders are asking people to be sensible during the heatwave and use their services wisely.
They say that it is very unlikely that sunburn will require treatment in the Emergency Department and if you do want to spend time outside then make sure you use a sunscreen with an SPF of 30+, and re-apply every two hours.
If you get burnt the following advice may help to relieve your symptoms until your skin heals:
Cool the skin by sponging it with cold water or by having a cold bath or shower – applying a cold compress such as a cold flannel to the affected area may also help
Drink plenty of fluids to cool you down and prevent dehydration
Take painkillers such as ibuprofen or paracetamol to relieve any pain – aspirin should not be given to children under 16.
In addition, rising temperatures brought disruption to parts of Scotland’s transport system yesterday Monday July 18 , with overhead wires tripping and resetting due to the heat.
Scottish Water has asked people to be as efficient with their water as possible, and urged them to use watering cans rather than hoses in gardens, not to fill up paddling pools and to take shorter showers.
The request came after the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency issued a water scarcity warning on Sunday.
Keith Brown, Justice Secretary and lead minister for resilience at Holyrood, said the Scottish Government is “receiving regular updates from partners including Transport Scotland, the Met Office, the NHS and emergency services and we’ll continue to closely monitor developments”.
“When temperatures increase, it’s important to monitor forecasts and follow public health advice, including staying hydrated and drinking plenty of fluids and avoiding excess alcohol,” he said.
“People should also look out for vulnerable family, friends and neighbours, as older people, those with underlying conditions and those living alone may struggle to keep cool and hydrated.”