Parts of the UK could be warmer than Ibiza this Easter weekend as it is hoped cooler weather will soon be a distant memory. Parts of England could see the mercury reach 20C in parts of England, some forecasters say.
Temperatures in the UK and Ireland are climbing ahead of the Bank Holiday long weekend and while the mildest temperatures are expected in the South East, temperatures in the Westcountry are rising.
This weekend could be an extravagant barbecue and sunburn. If you’re planning a staycation over Easter, don’t forget about sun safety, reports the Press Association. According to Cancer Research UK, a third of Britons are more likely to protect their skin abroad than at home, despite the fact that you can still get a dangerous sunburn in the UK.
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Met Office forecast for Good Friday (15 April) to Sunday 24 April: This period is expected to start with rain moving east, easing as it goes, with early mist and fog. Generally fine conditions are expected in eastern and southern regions with light winds, although low cloud may persist near eastern shores.
“A few light showers are possible in south-central areas. For the rest of the period, a northwest-southeast split is likely, with the northwest remaining more variable with strong winds and rain at times. Some rain may spread to parts of the south-east at times at first, but it is likely to dry out and generally become much more stable, although possibly quite cloudy, in the south with lighter winds until the end of this period.
“Temperatures are expected to be above average and at times warm for the south.”
With out-of-school children, it’s especially important to make sure the whole family is protected while soaking up the weekend sun – whether you’re gardening, partying or just lounging in the warmth of a long weekend…
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1. Make hats your thing
A hat is one of the best ways to protect your head, ears and neck from the heat and sun, especially since few things are more annoying than a burnt hairline.
If you’re struggling to get your kids to keep a hat, why not try a style that ties? Even if you think hats aren’t for you, neither is sunburn, so take the plunge and wear a cap or wide-brimmed hat.
2. Sunscreen should be everywhere
You might be covering your back, face and shoulders with sunscreen, but missing some important areas can lead to a painful burn. Be sure to cover everything, including often overlooked places like behind your ears, the back of your neck, and the tops of your feet if you’re wearing sandals. The skin of our lips can be very sensitive, so you can also use a balm containing SPF.
You may want to consider reapplying sunscreen every few hours, especially if you’ve been out all day sweating. Kevin Troy, founder of Coraline skincare (coralineskincare.com), suggests children use a minimum of SPF 30. He adds, “SPF 50+ is even better at ensuring children’s skin is as well protected as possible. ”
3. Opt for a waterproof sunscreen
While sunscreens are unlikely to be completely waterproof, those that claim to be should last much longer than non-water resistant alternatives. If you plan on hitting the beach, going swimming, or letting your kids play in the sprinkler or paddling pool, waterproof sunscreen should help keep them protected a little longer.
Even if you don’t swim, it can provide better protection if you sweat while exercising or sunbathing.
4. Your Makeup SPF Might Not Be Enough
If you’re doing your makeup for a barbecue or a garden party, you might be tempted to skip sunscreen, especially if your products contain SPF.
However, Troy says, “SPF makeup can potentially make people a little complacent in terms of reapplying sunscreen, but it really depends. To me, it makes more sense to apply your SPF separately and reapply if you spend a longer period in the sun.
5. Don’t forget eye protection
Sun exposure can have potentially serious consequences for your eyes, including photokeratitis – which looks like sunburn on the cornea.
To keep kids safe, why not invest in a pair of wrap-around sunglasses to keep them in place? Likewise, if you or your child spends a lot of time in the water, you can consider goggles with UV protection. Adults won’t necessarily need wrap-around glasses (unless, of course, you want them!), but you might want to wear a pair of sunglasses that block between 99-100% of UVA and B.