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STEAMING; Smog alert and fears for health as temperatures head for 91iF.


A THICK layer of smog hovered over London yesterday as deadly heatwave temperatures nudged 90F (32C).

And with parts of England set to go a degree higher today, fears of heatstroke and dehydration prompted an official alert from the Department of Health. It warned: "Temperatures in London, the South East and West Midlands could be high enough to give rise to significant health risks.

Yesterday, as much of Britain baked in the hottest weekend of the year, medics treated 200 people for heat exhaustion at the British 10km run in London.

Another 11 were taken to hospital by ambulance.

The Ambulance Service said: "A lot of runners felt unwell at the end."

The baking temperatures led to a layer of smog being trapped over the capital.

With air temperature increasing with height above ground instead of decreasing, polluted smog was trapped close to the surface.

Many people headed for the coast to beat the heat and more than 60,000 descended on Bournemouth where the council said: "It's been the busiest weekend of the year.

"We hired out all our deckchairs, sunloungers and beach huts."

Sunbather Matt Poll, 29, from Wokingham, Berks, said: "It's a cracking day - no better way to spend it than on the beach."

Last night many areas in the north were hit by torrential thunderstorms.

In Manchester electrical storms lit up the sky and the heavens opened in an hourlong deluge that made driving treacherous on the region's motorways. One driver said: "You couldn't see your hand in front of your face for mile after mile."

Meanwhile, a 40-metre mini-beach has been created in Finsbury Square, London, for office staff to enjoy.


DRINK lots of water or fruit juice. Avoid alcohol, tea, coffee and fizzy drinks - they can make dehydration worse.

STAY indoors as much as possible, especially in middle of day. Keep windows open and use fans. Close curtains in rooms that get direct sun

TRY to eat more cold food, particularly salads and fruit.

WEAR lightweight, light-coloured, loosefitting clothes, and avoid physical exertion. Take regular breaks at work.

TAKE lukewarm shower or splash with cold water if suffering effects of the heat such as nausea, dizziness, headaches and vomiting.

CONSULT doctor, pharmacist or NHS Direct if worried about health during heatwave.

BE aware that the very young and very old are at most risk.


PACKED: Sunbathers on Brighton beach yesterday' TRAPPED: Smog above Mirror HQ in Canary Wharf, London, yesterday
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Date:Jul 3, 2006
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