Hottest day of the year and stupid people on the beaches

 

I love living in Kent but when the temp’s reach 34 it’s hot, humid and horrible.
Yes, I know the Aussie’s baulk when we mention it’s unbearable but hey they are used to it. we are not. So many saying all over the country that it was a lovely day, well  ‘lovely’ can actually mean ‘really awful’.especially when it is humid as well.

Add on to that being overweight BIG time and hot flushes and its really no fun,  the last time I remember  being this hot and uncomfortable was when I was pregnant with Alex and living in Faversham Kent,     *The highest temperature ever recorded in Britain was set during the sizzling
summer of 2003, when the 100-Fahrenheit mark was broken for the first and
only time*.

The mercury soared to 38.5C (101.3F) at Brogdale, near Faversham, Kent, on
August 10, smashing the previous 1990 record of 37.1C (98.8F)

The other bad thing about this heatwave is the amount of people taking risks at the beach,  we were at Camber only a  few weeks ago and all over there are signs about rip tides,  having been a regular of this beach for years we know all about the risks there. But this was very sad news  http://news.sky.com/story/two-more-bodies-recovered-at-camber-sands-10550484

All over the place are these safety warnings

Safety information

  • First aid is available at the information point in the central car park.
  • Children – know where they are and give them a landmark to return to.
  • Do not take inflatables onto the sea when the orange flag is up in the central or western car park – this means there is an offshore wind.
  • Beware of buried fences and wire.
  • The tide can come in and out very quickly
  • Barbeques on the beach are permitted, but you must obtain permission in advance from Rother District Council.
  • Dogs are welcome but not in the dog free zones. Always clean up after your dog and do not leave it in a hot car.
  • Horse riding is only permitted at certain times: Contact Rother District Council.
  • Weever fish can lie buried in the sand – wear shoes while paddlingwhen we go we have all worn special beach shoes because of the weever fish. but a number of people we saw there going barefoot was incredible, I spoke to someone with little ones and they hadn’t even read the signs about the dangers.  yes, the locals and regulars know about the dangers but it seems the holiday makers are not reading the signs.

    The weever fish has sharp spines laced with venom along its dorsal fin which stick up out of the sand, where it hides, and inflicts agony on any unsuspecting bathers unlucky enough to tread on one.

    The nerve poison injected into victims brings excruciating pain lasting several hours, often causes people’s limbs to swell and in extreme cases can lead to temporary paralysis. Irritation can last for two weeks.

    Death is extremely rare following stings, although respiratory failure and gangrene have been reported after puncture wounds have become infected.

    The sandy-coloured fish, measuring around six inches, are more commonly found in warmer waters but have bred rapidly around Britain’s coast because of the recent spell of hot weather.

    They are usually invisible to the naked eye as they camouflage themselves under sand in shallow water.

  • Weever fish are not strong swimmers but are capable of bursts of speed over very short distances. They use their excellent camouflage to lie in wait for prey to approach, when they suddenly dart out and engulf it in their relatively huge mouths.
  • The spines along the dorsal fin and gills are for protection against predators and are not used to catch food. They contain a venom which in humans causes excruciating pain and swelling.
  • The venom is a type of protein which is ‘denatured’ – broken down – at temperatures above 40C. This is why the recommended treatment is to bathe the affected limb in water as hot as the victim can tolerate without scalding.
  • August is the month when most reports of stings occur in Britain, mainly because more bathers are willing to brave the seas for a paddle.
  • Image result for the lesser weever fish
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