Heatwave led to fan-tastic sales for High Street trader

5th August

Temperatures of up to 34.2 degrees encapsulated Heathfield and the surrounding areas last month.

Reminders to drink plenty of water, seek shade and stay cool were put in place to help stay hydrated and healthy in high temperatures.

Ensuring that the above advice has been taken on board means that you can safely enjoy the temperatures. Whether it is hosting a pool party or having a BBQ, the warm weather is certainly a welcome change from the rain.

Trading 4U said: “Our range of fans completely sold out in just three days, the equivalent to last year’s hot weather sales.

“Paddling pool sales really picked up in the last week of July. With the warm weather set to continue, we are now running an August promotion and all pools in stock are now reduced.”

However, no summer’s day is complete without one thing… ice cream! Whether it be a refreshing vanilla ice cream or a Mr Whippy with strawberry sauce and a flake, ice cream is always welcome in the heat – if you can eat it before it melts!

melting icecream with the backdrop of a beach

Cuculo Deli in Heathfield High Street has a range of ice creams to help keep you cool and feeling refreshed during the warm summer months.

How can I help my pets cope with the heat?

There are many ways that you can help your pet and the surrounding wildlife deal with these conditions.

Labrador dog enjoying a refreshing drink of water whilst on a walk

Studies suggest that if you are unable to hold the back of your hand on the pavement for more than five seconds, it is too hot for your dogs paws.

Heathfield Vets advises: “It’s best to walk your dog early in the morning or later in the evenings when the temperatures are cooler and there is less risk of overheating and dehydration.

“On particularly hot days when temperatures don’t really drop at all, keep your dog inside with plenty of water and a fan; missing one walk won’t affect your dog but taking them on a walk in the heat could seriously damage their health.”

Whether you’re heading out to enjoy the heat, or going to the supermarket purely to walk down the refrigerated isles to cool off, it is not advised to leave your dog in the car.

Along with pets, the heat also affects local wildlife, says Heathfield Vets: “Keep birds nice and cool with a bird bath full of clean and fresh water. Bird feeders filled with bird safe nuts or seeds won’t go bad in the heat.

“Hedgehogs can also be helped by leaving a shallow dish of water out for them. Never leave them bread or milk as this can upset their stomachs, and can go off quickly in the hot weather. Planting bee and insect-friendly plants will also provide food for local wildlife.”

What should I do if I see a grass snake or an adder?

The recent high temperatures have seen an increase in the number of grass snakes and adders.

Heathfield Vets advises: “Grass snakes are relatively harmless but adders can be dangerous. We do not urge you to approach or harm them in anyway.

“If you think your pet has been bitten by an adder, contact a vet immediately. Where possible, carry your pet and do not allow them to walk. Restricting movement will slow the spread of the venom around the body.”