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Last Updated: Wednesday, 19 July 2006, 06:53 GMT 07:53 UK
Heat advice as Scotland swelters
Sunshine in the Meadows, Edinburgh (Picture by Adam Morris)
The Meadows in Edinburgh was one area basking in the sunshine
Experts have issued safety advice as Scotland continues to swelter in the summer heatwave.

Temperatures nudged 30C this week, with Aberdeen experiencing its hottest day since records began.

Scotland's chief medical officer has advised people to drink plenty of water and stay out of the sun at the hottest times of the day.

The RNLI has warned people of the dangers of using inflatables in the water off Scotland's coast.

Colin Millar, of Troon lifeboat team, said: "We've rescued many children who have been swept out to sea due to the offshore winds.

"Lilos may be fun in the swimming pool but they are not safe on the sea.

Swimming pool

"If you see someone on a lilo being swept out to sea, don't go after them, ring 999 or 112 immediately."

Thousands of people flocked to the beach in Aberdeen on Monday as temperatures reached 29.8C.

More than 1,100 people visited the open air swimming pool in nearby Stonehaven, giving the attraction its busiest day for decades.

Mary Mitchell, the chairwoman of the Friends of the Pool, said: "It's a long time since I remember it being so busy, I'd have to go back to the 1970s I think."

The area was cooler on Tuesday, with temperatures falling to 19.5C.

River Nith
Temperatures have been rising in the south of Scotland

However, the south and west of the country continued to see high temperatures.

Prestwick Airport reached 28C at noon, while there were figures of 26.9C at Threave in Dumfriesshire, 26C in Glasgow and 22C in Edinburgh.

With the hot spell set to continue, Chief Medical Officer Dr Harry Burns issued advice about being safe in the sun.

"The most important thing to remember in hot weather is to keep properly hydrated by drinking lots of water," he said.

"The public should be sun aware and should avoid sitting in direct sunshine between 1200 BST and 1500 BST, when the sun is at its hottest.

"You should stay cool by using fans or sitting in the shade and if you are going to be in the sun, you should use UVA protective lotions and wear a hat."


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