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Friday, 19 September 2014

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Barrow and South Cumbria set to sizzle this weekend

SUNNY skies and fun activities will be the order of the day in Barrow and south Cumbria this weekend

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Forecasters are predicting more dry weather and hot temperatures

Hot conditions and sunny spells are being forecast for Saturday and Sunday, with the rest of the week following suit, albeit with more cloud cover.

Temperatures will reach a high of 20C in Barrow and 23C in Ulverston on Saturday, making it one of the hottest weekends of the year so far and perfect for barbecues.

The forecast is great timing for tomorrow’s Millom Carnival, which looks set to cash in on families looking for fun in the sun.

The weather will also be warmly welcomed by organisers of the Furness Tradition Festival, which starts today and ends on Sunday.

Temperatures could reach a staggering high of 30C next weekend.

Pollen levels will also continue to be high.

Nationally this weekend will bring the hottest day of the year so far, with temperatures set to reach a sizzling 31C (87.8F) tomorrow, weather experts have predicted.

Today the mercury will begin to creep up to the high-20s before spiking at the burning record tomorrow.

The continued hot spell shows no sign of ending as temperatures settle around the mid-20s well into next week.

The Met Office has issued a Heat Health Alert, warning of the likelihood of heatwave conditions today and tomorrow.

"Heatwaves can be dangerous, especially for the very young, very old or those with chronic diseases," the alert said.

The NHS Choices website warns that temperatures around 30C (86F) can have a significant effect on people's health if they last for at least two days and the night in between.

Tom Tobler, a forecaster with MeteoGroup, the weather division of the Press Association, said tomorrow's weather is very likely to beat the current record of 29.7C reached in Bournemouth on Sunday.

"It's certainly going to be a very hot weekend with lots of sunshine.

"Temperatures are predicted to reach at least 31C on Saturday, which will make it the hottest day of the year so far.

"Temperatures will drop a few degrees on Sunday into next week but we can't see any sign of the hot weather changing over the next week.

"It's been a very hot start to July, and it's likely to last a while longer, for the next one or two weeks."

However the hot weather also brings with it unwelcome dangers.

The death of a 21-year-old man from Essex who got into difficulties while in Coniston Water has prompted safety warnings.

While the exact circumstances surrounding his death are unclear, Peter Kelly, director of Ambleside-based open
water swimming specialists Head to the Hills, has warned people not to be tempted to swim in the lakes.

He said: “People often don’t know they are getting beyond their capabilities until it happens.”

Barrow and Furness RSPCA rehoming officer Claire Pettingale has also warned dog owners to take care as temperatures can soar dramatically inside vehicles, causing heatsroke or even death.

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