Reminder To Stay Safe Sun Ahead Of Weekend Heatwave

A midlands pharmacist has this advice on what sun cream to use...

We're being reminded to stay safe in the sun ahead of the hot spell of weather this weekend.

Temperatures are forecast to hit as high as 30 degrees in some parts of the country on Sunday and into next week.

Eamonn Brady from Whelehan's Pharmacy in Mullingar says it's important to avoid the sun during the peak times of 11am to 3pm.

He's been sharing this some sun safety advice on Midlands Today, including the best sun cream to use...

The Road Safety Authority is also issuing some advice during heatwave...

- Reduce the risk from sun glare and of being dazzled by wearing sun glasses. Be aware of the dangers of sun glare when travelling east in the mornings and west later in the day.

- Be prepared and ensure you have adequate supplies of water, any delays to journeys could result in road users being stuck in traffic for a period time in hot conditions. Children and pets are particularly at risk during these hot spells of weather.

- Ensure your windscreen is clear of grease or grime inside and out. Make sure you have plenty of window washer fluid to clear flies/insects and excess dust from the road when driving.

- Watch out for vulnerable road users such as pedestrians, cyclists, horse riders and motorcyclists. Slow down and allow extra space when passing.

Pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists are advised to:

- Beware of the dangers that sun glare can cause, especially when crossing the road and at junctions.

- Follow current health messaging around the use of sun block when out walking and cycling.

The impact of high temperatures on roads.

- Road surface temperatures will rise significantly in the hot weather and surface dressed roads (“tar and chips”) will be prone to softening of the bitumen. This will lead to bitumen slicks occurring on more minor roads.  Road users are advised to slow down and exercise caution when braking in such situations.

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