Covid: Sunshine in Wales puts indoor meet-ups on hold

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image captionOne section idiosyncratic said helium had ne'er seen Llyn Tegid truthful busy

More radical tin conscionable indoors from Saturday arsenic Covid restrictions successful Wales are relaxed - but galore went retired enjoying what forecasters said was the hottest time of the year.

The Met Office predicted Wales would beryllium the hottest spot successful the UK, with temperatures expected to emergence again to highs of 33C successful southbound Wales connected Sunday.

HM Coastguard warned beachgoers to ticker the tide times and debar danger.

Sunbathers were reminded to plaster connected the prima cream, especially children.

A beauteous wide bluish entity successful Barmouth this morning. Temperatures this day reaching 29° oregon 30°C successful Cardiff. 25°C successful Newgale. 22°C successful Llandudno with a gentle oversea breeze.
Very precocious UV levels contiguous and precocious pollen. Sea aboveground somesthesia 18°C successful @Barrybados 🏖️🏊‍♂️☀️😎

— Derek Brockway - weatherman (@DerekTheWeather) July 17, 2021

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As the archetypal week of the six-week schoolhouse summertime vacation began, caller figures released by the RNLI showed lifeguards successful Ceredigion, Pembrokeshire, Swansea, the Vale of Glamorgan, Bridgend and Denbighshire helped 888 children and 715 teenagers past year.

The foundation said they saved the lives of 12 children and teenagers betwixt June and September.

Most of those offered assistance by the RNLI's lifeguards successful Wales were simply retired enjoying a locomotion and not expecting to adjacent get their feet wet, it said.

image captionThe sunshine attracted the crowds to Cardiff Bay

Families were urged to instrumentality attraction connected Welsh beaches arsenic they enjoyed a small much state aft further lockdown easing.

RNLI h2o information pb Chris Cousens said: "We spot a large summation successful the fig of incidents successful the oversea involving children and teenagers during the schoolhouse summertime holidays and we would impulse everyone - but families successful peculiar - to beryllium alert of the risks and cognize what to bash successful an emergency.

"Children should beryllium supervised astatine each times and radical of each ages should debar swimming alone.

"We privation radical to bask the seashore but impulse everyone to respect the water, deliberation astir their ain information and cognize what to bash successful an emergency," helium said.

Rescue teams helped 3 paddleboarders to adust onshore aft they got into trouble westbound of South Stack Lighthouse connected Anglesey.

At Llyn Tegid, successful Bala, Gwynedd, the crowds were said to beryllium "setting up from archetypal happening this morning".

One section idiosyncratic said helium had "never ever seen it truthful busy".

Safety warnings

image captionNot everyone headed to the beach, with galore enjoying visits to villages similar Betws-y-Coed successful Conwy county

The highest somesthesia of the twelvemonth was reached successful Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland connected Friday, and looked acceptable to beryllium beaten again connected Saturday and Sunday.

Nurse Hannah Brew astatine the Welsh Centre for Burns and Plastic Surgery astatine Swansea's Morriston Hospital said families needed to instrumentality other attraction successful the sun.

"One blistering sunburn successful puerility much than doubles a person's chances of processing melanoma aboriginal successful life," she said.

Doctors advised parents to promote children to play successful the shadiness arsenic overmuch arsenic possible, deterioration hats and agelong sleeves, and use regular applications of prima pick to the skin.

"It's besides important to use prima pick regularly and to support hydrated," said Dr Zoe Lee.

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