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The extreme heat

Hi readers, it’s Emily and William here writing, and melting, on the Thursday, two weeks before this goes to print.

This week we are going to talk about the extreme heatwave. We have never known any heat like this, and as we write this now, it is expected that there will be some record breaking temperatures around the country in the next few days.

We will do what we can to stay safe and cool down, like drink lots of water, wear sunscreen and stay out of the sun at lunchtime. To stay cool, I Emily have a fan in my bedroom. I don’t think I could sleep otherwise as my house gets really hot in the summer.

It’s worrying because it is probably because of global warming that it is getting so hot, and the world needs to do more about that, and like now. Not tomorrow, next year or in ten years time.

Looking at the upsides of the warmer weather here, it is nice to free of wearing millions of winter clothes and be weighted down by boots, hats, scarves and gloves – or seeing other people enjoying themselves in the sunshine. But that is little to the bigger worry that the world is getting so much hotter.

While it’s this hot, please make sure you look after vulnerable people in your lives. The heat can be rubbish for elderly people, babies, or people who have a health condition. We hope that they all have a good fan or even air conditioning where they are.

So, take care in the hot weather, stay cool, go to Iceland or the freezer aisle in a supermarket if you need to cool down, or take a cold shower! And if you go swimming, be very careful, it’s fun but it can be dangerous.

The writers of the Our View column are supported in their editing by People First Dorset - a charity led and run by people with learning disabilities with support from staff.

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