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UK heatwave particularly dangerous for homeless people

With temperatures in some parts of the country expected to hit 30C (86F) on Sunday, charities have called on the public to donate sunscreen and water to people sleeping on the streets.

Charities have said that the heatwave in the UK is particularly dangerous for homeless people after the Met Office said continued exposure to the scorching heat could pose a potential risk to life and advised people to take extra precautions.

In some parts of the country, homeless people have struggled to access free water, while many are unable to access public toilets, which are often inside shopping centres patrolled by security guards. Water fountains are often few and far between.

Charities have said that to avoid being robbed or beaten up, rough sleepers often spend nights on the move and sleep during the day, making them more vulnerable to extreme sunburn.

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