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It is August. The sun is out. The beer gardens are full of vests.

The burn pics are going up.

British people are unashamed of their lack of tans. Being orange is for the other side of the Atlantic. We like being blotchy, crispy, well done.

This weekend it has been great weather for Manchester Pride, Cardiff Pride, and the Notting Hill Carnival.

But also a bad time for anyone who peels like a Mother.

Ouch.

NHS guidance on sun burn and when to seek advice states that you should contact your GP if you feel unwell as a result of sunburn.

Signs of severe sunburn can include:

  • blistering or swelling of the skin
  • chills
  • a high temperature (fever) of 38C (100.4F) or above
  • dizziness, headaches and feeling sick – symptoms of heat exhaustion

According to the guide, the peak times in the UK are 11am-3pm, during March - October, and the NHS reminds you that sunburn and UV exposure can happen on cloudy days as well as clear blue days.

They also offer tips for preventing sunburn:

  • cover up with suitable clothing
  • find shade
  • apply sunscreen

HT Daily Mail

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