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Heatwave could cause broadband outages and slow Wi-Fi, unless you follow these steps now

Speaking about the consequences of overheated broadband routers, Catherine Hiley, broadband expert at USwitch, told Express.co.uk: “We’re all struggling to keep cool in this heatwave, and electrical equipment like routers are no different. Just like laptops, phones and games consoles, routers require ventilation to get rid of excess heat. Therefore, you should avoid placing them in or near direct sunlight.

“Many of us put them close to windows because they are plugged into wires, which run through the external walls. So if yours is overheating, try moving it further inside the property. Keeping it in a shaded area and ensuring the room is well ventilated should be enough to stop it from overheating. If you’re using a fan to keep cool, make sure the router benefits from the moving air as well.

“If your router is regularly overheating, it could indicate that the device has an underlying problem or that it is getting too old to function properly. If this is the case, it may be worth asking your provider to send you a new router or purchasing a compatible one through a trusted retailer.”

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How to keep cool in heatwave: Dr Nighat shares the most important tip to stop overheating

Soaring temperatures are a deadly threat, namely because people do not appreciate just how dangerous prolonged sun it can be. Sudden deaths often shoot up in places that experience abnormally high heat levels. It is therefore paramount to take precautionary measures, even in the UK. According to Doctor Nighat, one of the most important tips is to think carefully about the time of day you do certain activities.

“The hottest time will be around midday so try not to be out in the sun,” she warned on the BBC.

The problem could be compounded if you go out at this time and do high-intensive activities, such as running, noted Doctor Nighat.

What else does Doctor Nighat advise?

Keep a watchful eye on those most at risk of overheating in the sun, she advised.

High-risk groups include children, elderly, pregnant people, those with underlying heart conditions and cardiovascular problems.

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A handy tip to bear in mind throughout the day is to look at where the sun is hitting you, she added.

What about staying cool at night?

Sleep is an ambitious prospect during unseasonably high temperatures but there are some workarounds.

According to Doctor Nighat, wearing cool clothes at nighttime can help the body to regulate temperatures.

It also worth keep a jug of water by your bedside and applying wet flannels, she added.

How to spot heat exhaustion

According to the NHS, heat exhaustion is not usually serious if you can cool down within 30 minutes.

“If it turns into heatstroke, it needs to be treated as an emergency,” warns the health body.

It is therefore paramount to stay alert to the signs of heat exhaustion to stave off the risk of heatstroke.

The signs of heat exhaustion include:

  • A headache
  • Dizziness and confusion
  • Loss of appetite and feeling sick
  • Excessive sweating and pale, clammy skin
  • Cramps in the arms, legs and stomach
  • Fast breathing or pulse
  • A high temperature of 38C or above
  • Being very thirsty.

Heatstroke – how it is established

According to the Mayo Clinic, it’s usually apparent to doctors if you have heatstroke.

However, “laboratory tests can confirm the diagnosis, rule out other causes for your symptoms and assess organ damage”, explains the health body.

These tests include rectal temperature to check your core body temperature, it notes.

“A rectal temperature is the most accurate way of determining your core body temperature and is more accurate than mouth or forehead temperatures.”

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Is it dangerous to drink ice cold water during a heatwave? Common claim fact-checked

Doctors believe underlying health conditions rather than cold water alone causes fainting in hot weather.

At their most severe, conditions such as heat exhaustion, dehydration and more can also cause fainting.

People risk developing any of these when the weather gets too hot, and experts agree they are the most likely cause of loss of consciousness.

Emergency room nurse Tenneson Lewis told fact-checking site Snopes, without underlying medical issues, they most likely faint “due to dehydration.”

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UK heatwave: Expert issues warning on UV damage to eyes – main symptoms to spot

Much emphasis is often put on the dangers of UV rays on a person’s skin, but little is thought of when it comes to the damage it can possess on one’s eyes. The condition known as photokeratitis can cause uncomfortable symptoms. An expert appeared on GB News to warn of UV damage on a person’s eyes.

Appearing on GB News, Ophthalmologist Samer Hamada discussed the UV rays damage on the eyes and said: “There is actually 10 times more damage done on the eye than the skin.

He continued: “People often are more interested in protecting their skin but when it comes to the eye protection, there is very little about that.

“UVA and UVB rays which damage our eyes from the eyelids to the cornea and to the lens itself.

“So, there is a lot of damage to the eye from exposing ourselves to the sun.”

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When it comes to the best form of protection, Hamada answered: “There are a few ways, and we need to understand the UV light is more intense in the morning and in the afternoon.

“People often think the worst time is midday, but it is not.

“So, we tell people that from the morning until the afternoon they need to be very careful.

“In fact, all year round it doesn’t have to be just today with the UV day being in May and that is a good reason because they want people to be aware early not just necessarily in the summer.

“It could also be in the winter, anytime you expose yourself to the light even on a cloudy day the sun can damage your eyes.”

When to seek medical help

If the symptoms of sunburned eyes continue to plague you for more than a day or two, see your doctor.

You should also see a doctor if you have any of the following symptoms:

Seeing halos

Blurred, fuzzy, dim, or distorted vision

Shadowy areas in the middle field of vision

Sensitivity to glare or light

Problems with night vision

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Virgin Media issues stark warning to ALL users to avoid broadband outage as heatwave hits

Summer has finally arrived in the UK. Just a few days after record rainfall led to flooding across the capital, the mercury hit 30ºC across England and Wales today. But while that means it’s perfect weather to finally dust off your shorts, plan a barbecue, or head to the beach… the rising temperatures could spell terrible news for your home Wi-Fi.

Virgin Media O2 issued a warning to all broadband customers across the UK ahead of the heatwave. As the Met Office forecast the hottest temperatures of the year so far, the telecoms firm sent customers an email with some advice to ensure their Wi-Fi router survives the sweltering heat.

Warning customers about the adverse effects of high temperatures on their routers, Virgin Media O2 warned that “it’s important to keep your router somewhere out of direct sunlight as it can overheat, just like your phone or laptop.”

For most customers, the Wi-Fi router lives in the same spot that it was left when the engineer was called out to fit out. Since Virgin Media O2 relies on its own full-fibre broadband network, instead of the shared Openreach cables favoured by BT, Sky, TalkTalk and a number of other brands, first-time customers will need to call out an engineer to drill a hole and feed the fibre cable into their home. To avoid too much disruption, this is often done in a hallway, or a room facing towards the street.

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To avoid trailing an unsightly full-fibre cable through your home, the router is often fitted next to the entry point. That means you’ll often find routers balanced on window sills, or in direct sunlight in the entrance hall. While it can be tempting to hide the Wi-Fi hub into a cupboard, Virgin Media O2 warns that could have dire consequences in the heat too.

“That doesn’t mean you should stick your router in a cupboard or hidden behind your TV either,” it warns customers. “Although it beams wireless internet around your home, some things can prevent the signal from getting out, like large electrical appliances and even big bodies of water. And if it gets too hot, it can slow down your connection or even grind to a halt all together. Good placement of the Hub router can also mean greater reach, so you could get Wi-Fi in the back garden if your home layout allows.”

The company has issued a few simple rules to avoid losing broadband during the warm weekend – and to ensure you enjoy the best possible internet signal, even as you lounge around in the garden to soak up the rays.

Virgin Media O2 advises customers…

  • Don’t hide your router away, place it somewhere it can breathe.
  • A good place is a cool place, and out of direct sunlight.
  • Keep your router far away from water – even fish tanks.

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Sunniest beaches and pubs unveiled as heatwave hits the UK

The study also revealed the sunniest places to eat in the country, with pubs in London leading the list.

The Ship Inn, in London, is the sunniest spot to enjoy an al fresco dinner with an average of 15 hours of sunlight.

LloydsPharmacy’s Anshu Kaura, said that due to lockdown, “our exposure to sunlight has been limited meaning we would all benefit from spending additional time outdoors to make up for this.”

She highlighted that it is “incredibly important to ensure you’re gaining the right amount.”

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‘Worst forest fire in the history of Cyprus!’ Island calls for foreign aid amid heatwave

For about a week, Cyprus has experienced a scorching heatwave with temperatures reaching up to 40C.

Charalambos Alexandrou, Director of the Department of Forests, told Omega TV: “It is the worst forest fire in the history of Cyprus.”

He added the perimeter of the inferno stretched for “at least 40km (25 miles)”.

Vassos Vassiliou, a community leader in Arakapas, described the fire as a “whirlwind.

“It destroyed everything,” he said.

Cypriot authorities have reached out to the EU and Israel for assistance in tackling the wildfire which has been burning since around midday on Saturday.

The call for aid came after the enormous wildfire intensified while burning north of the cities of Limassol and Larnaca.

Greek Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades wrote on Twitter: “This is a very difficult day for Cyprus.

“All of the state’s mechanisms are in gear, and the priority is for no loss of life.”

READ MORE: Greece slams EU travel ban on Britons

Several helicopters and firefighting planes are already trying to control the inferno and hope to prevent it from crossing a mountainous region and ravaging the Machairas Forest.

The cause of the fire is not yet clear.

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Canada heatwave: Hottest day ever recorded in British Columbia with 'worse' to come

Thermometers rose to 46.1C in Lytton British Colombia, according to data provided by Environment Canada. This was 1.1C higher than the previous record, set in July 1937 in Saskatchewan. Derek Lee, a weather forecaster for Environment Canada, expects temperatures to go even higher on Monday.

He told CBC news: “So you thought yesterday was hot out?

“Tomorrow might be even hotter.

“I know a lot of people probably aren’t prepared for the heat, but we still have a few more days to go.”

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