Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

We Are All Warming to the Idea of a Hot Summer Day

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

We Are All Warming to the Idea of a Hot Summer Day

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Byline: Sarah Walker Reporter

SUNWORSHIPPERS basked in the heat as Teesside enjoyed one of its hottest days of the year.

Temperatures soared to 29C yesterday as families enjoyed picnics in the park. a day at the beach or a picnic in the park.

From Centre Square in Middlesbrough to Redcar beach, Teessiders took the opportunity to soak up the sun.

The heatwave proved a boost for ice cream sellers, beach shop owners, seaside restaurants and cafes.

Marcus Pacitto, of the famous Pacitto ice cream parlour in Redcar has enjoyed a surge in demand for lemon tops as the mercury soars.

He said: "It's been all hands on deck.

"We've barely had a minute to ourselves. The good weather has brought everyone out. It's like Redcar in the old times again."

Jade Lamb, bar supervisor at Vista Mar pub and restaurant on Saltburn Bank, said business has also boomed from an influx of visitors.

She added: "As soon as the sun comes out, everyone just comes down here. We were really busy at the weekend and over the past few days.

"I wish I was out there with them but it's been good for business."

But hospital accident and emergency departments, coastguard and lifeboat rescue crews have also been left feeling the heat.

North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust saw 430 A&E attendances over the last weekend, compared with 374 over the same weekend last year - an increase of 16.8%.

People |the water Centre Middlesbrough This resulted in 96 people being admitted, compared to 85 admissions over the same weekend the previous year.

And the types of injuries and ailments patients complained of suggest the hot weather has played a significant part in the spike.

A spokeswoman for the trust said it dealt with "mainly minor injuries" such as head injuries from children falling and bumping heads, fractures and gastroenteritis, which could be linked to dehydration.

South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, which runs James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough, said attendances weren't significantly above the current average, but the hot weather did play a part in some attendances. …

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