Warning issued as Met Éireann records temperatures of 23 degrees yesterday 2 weeks ago

Warning issued as Met Éireann records temperatures of 23 degrees yesterday

It's heating up out there, folks.

But that doesn't mean that the summer can be enjoyed without caution.

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As the weather gets hotter and the sun comes out, chances are every single one of us is going to be baking in its heat-filled glow until the rain arrives to dampen our spirits once again.

But until then, it's important that we stay safe in the sun, especially when highs of 23 degrees are already being reported in some parts of the country.

Following the mini-heat wave the country enjoyed over the weekend, the Marie Keating Foundation has issued a warning, urging the public to take their skin health seriously when enjoying the hot weather.

According to them, the current UV index is registering as high between 6-7. The charity says it is vital that anyone spending time outdoors today ensures they follow the "5 S’s"  to protect their skin and reduce the risk of skin cancer.

  • Slop on sunscreen with a good UV rating and factor 30+ - wear sunscreen every day and remember to reapply
  • Slip on sun protective clothing – when spending time outdoors it's important to wear clothes that cover your skin such as hats and anything with long sleeves, to help reduce the impact of the sun’s rays on unprotected skin
  • Slap on a wide brimmed hat- wearing a hat can help to protect the skin on your face, neck and ears  from direct sun exposure and will help to reduce your risk of skin cancer
  • Slide on sunglasses – protect your eyes from the suns glare by sliding on a pair of sunglasses with UV protection
  • Seek shade – This is especially important if you are outdoors between the hours of 11am and 3pm when the sun is at its peak
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Helen Forristal, Director of Nursing, Marie Keating Foundation says that the public need to be "SunSmart" this week and be aware that cases of melanoma are on the rise.

“Skin cancer is the most common cancer in Ireland," she says. "Skin cancers are divided into two main types: melanoma and non –melanoma. Non- melanoma skin cancer has over 12,000 cases diagnosed every year and about 1,197 melanoma cancers are diagnosed annually. This is why following the 5 S’s and being vigilant in checking your skin is vital to preventing skin cancer.

"When it comes to sunscreen in particular there are lots of misconceptions and a lack of understanding around what is considered safe. It is key that you look for a brand that offers both UVA and UVB protection and is rated with five stars ideally. There are also many myths around how much sunscreen to apply and how long it lasts, it is key that people get a better understanding, as rates of melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, are on the rise.”

So get the cream on and stay in the shade where possible, guys. It's going to be a hot one.