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Fire chief issues reminder to stay safe as warm weather continues

PUBLISHED: 09:49 27 May 2017

Early morning scene near Ness Point in Lowestoft - the most easterly point in Britain - not a cloud in the sky on a sunny Saturday. Picture: Mark Boggis

Early morning scene near Ness Point in Lowestoft - the most easterly point in Britain - not a cloud in the sky on a sunny Saturday. Picture: Mark Boggis

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With the bank holiday weekend here, it looks set to be a warm one - but there is still a chance of some scattered showers and rain on Monday.

Early morning scene near Ness Point in Lowestoft - the most easterly point in Britain - not a cloud in the sky and calm conditions at sea on a sunny Saturday. Picture: Mark BoggisEarly morning scene near Ness Point in Lowestoft - the most easterly point in Britain - not a cloud in the sky and calm conditions at sea on a sunny Saturday. Picture: Mark Boggis

With temperatures expected to peak around 28C in Suffolk today (Saturday) and 25C tomorrow (Sunday), it could be dampened with a few showers too.

Jim Bacon, forecaster at Weatherquest, said there may be some scattered showers over the weekend and a possibility of thunderstorms and intense rain on Monday.

But with the good weather forecast and high temperatures, people are being urged to take care in the heat.

Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service has issued fresh advise to people enjoying the sunshine this weekend after rainfall in April dropped by almost 70 per cent compared to last year, increasing the chances of fires catching and spreading.

Earlier this month a gorse fire at Southwold Golf Club destroyed shrubbery, and safety advice from the fire service includes avoiding using open fires in the countryside as dry grass can ignite easily.

Glass bottles and jars should be disposed of properly to reduce the risk of sun light being concentrated though the glass and barbecues should only be used in suitable locations with care taken to ensure they are extinguished before leaving the area.

Cigarettes should also be put out completely and not thrown out of car windows, while people should only camp and picnic in designated areas and obey safety signs.

Water safety messages are also being shared. At this time of year it might be tempting to cool off in the water, but people are asked to take account of the following safety messages:

Cold water shock can steal the air from your lungs and leave you helpless.

The water can be unpredictable, with unknown underfoot conditions, waves, tides and hidden currents that can drag you under/out to sea in seconds.

Alcohol can seriously affect your ability and judgement.

Around half the people who drown never expected to get wet – many get caught out by unexpected slips, trips and falls into the water.

Dan Fearn, deputy chief fire officer at Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service, said: “While we want people to have a good time and make the most of the good weather and the fantastic surroundings we have here in Suffolk, we also want them to be safe.

“Please heed advice and be aware of your surroundings at all times.”

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