"Sun worshippers are still basking in parks and back gardens without thinking about the
risks to their health.
The majority of sunbathers the Mercury spoke to yesterday had not applied sun cream to protect themselves
from dangerous ultraviolet rays.
As temperatures in the city beat popular holiday hotspots like Alicante, Majorca and Istanbul over the
weekend, more people visited parks to make the most of the heatwave.
About five people in Leicester die from skin cancer every year and the risk of heat stroke, sunburn,
dehydration and cancer are all increased by not using sunscreen or covering up.
A Mercury survey yesterday found only 4 out of 20 people enjoying the sunshine had put on cream.
Sunbather Michael Adams, 53, from Leicester, said: "I'm not wearing suncream, but I know that I should be.
It is down to laziness.
"In this country you get two days of sun and then nothing so I'm trying to make the most of it."
In Victoria Park, opinion on whether to cover up and use sunblock was divided.
Lauren Floyd, 19, Oadby, said: "I'm a medical student and me and my friend have just come out of an exam
"I don't use sunscreen because I can't be bothered. I know that sounds really bad but you don't get much sun
in this country."
But Elly Pugh, 22, of Clarendon Park, said: "I cover up because I don't want to get wrinkles, get burned and
I definitely don't want cancer."
During the weekend, Leicester Royal Infirmary dealt with one case of sunburn, three insect bites and six hay
NHS Leicester City's deputy director of public health Sue Ellerby said: "We all need to protect our skin and
eyes from the harmful effects of the sun. This is important at home and abroad – many of us underestimate how
strong the sun can be in the UK.
"The best way to reduce the risk of skin cancer is to take care in the sun. Make sure you spend time in the
shade, put on sunscreen and cover up with cool clothing, sunglasses and a hat."
Leicester Mercury weatherman Dave Mutton said: "It's not only the temperature you've got to look out for but
the ultraviolet rays too. The UV index was about 9.6 yesterday, the highest this year. If you're out in the
open for any period of time without a hat or cream, you're going to suffer."