Europe heatwave: Woman shares horrific sunburn after just one hour on UK beach

A woman who spent just an hour lounging on a beach in Britain has shared her horrific sunburn as a word of warning amid the devastating heatwave scorching Europe.

Laying bare the unbridled strength of the summer sun, Eva Jones shared candid photos of her inflamed, blistered skin after a trip to the beach last week resulted in severe sunburn across her face.

The young woman uploaded a clip containing a series of photos to her TikTok account on Sunday, captioning the footage: "British weather xx."

The first photo shows a tanned Jones posing in front of the mirror, with the overlaid text reading: "Tanning for an hour won't do much."

The video proceeds to show several pictures of Jones' bright red and blistered face, with the skin around her eyes likely only spared due to sunglasses.

In one photo, seemingly taken on Snapchat, Jones had updated her friends by writing: "An update girlies, my face has swelled up."

More recent photos show her sunburn beginning to peel around her nose and mouth, with fluid-filled blisters prominent on her chin and forehead.  

At the time of writing, the clip has been viewed more than 3.6 million times and has been liked by almost 519,000 people. 

"Girlie, did you tan on the sun?" one viewer quipped, with a second adding: "Why people don’t use sun cream in weather like this is beyond me."

"Free chemical peel," a third joked, with a fourth sharing: "This has happened to me too, been two years [and my] skin hasn’t recovered properly."

Other more sympathetic viewers shared their advice for healing the burns, while several recommended sunscreens for Jones to wear once her skin has recovered.

Responding to a comment, Jones confirmed she also suffered heat stroke following her 'tanning session'.

Elaborating on her story in a follow-up video, Jones - who had been on a camping trip at the time - explained that she hadn't realised her skin was burning as "there was a breeze" cooling her face, luring her into a false sense of security. 

However, she admitted she hadn't worn enough sunscreen and underestimated the temperature at the time, believing it was only around 20C.

"There was a breeze so I didn't think it was going to be as bad as it was," she said. 

She added that after returning to her tent later in the day, her nose "started to feel red" before her "whole face started to feel red - and then I started to burn".

As the UK suffers through record temperatures this week, Jones urged her viewers to learn from her mistake and not risk going outside - and if they must, to wear sufficient amounts of sunscreen with high SPF. 

"I wouldn't go out in weather like this, when it's stupid degrees and not put sunscreen on. I should have put enough sunscreen on last week, that was my mistake," she said.

Britain sweltered through its hottest day on record on Tuesday as temperatures soared above 40C (104F), causing chaos at schools, airports and offices as people boiled in the stifling heat, buckling train tracks and igniting grass fires in tinder-dry conditions around London.

The Met Office confirmed that Monday night was the warmest night on record in Britain, with temperatures staying above 25C in many areas of England and Wales. 

The highest overnight minimum was 25.9C at Emley Moor in West Yorkshire - smashing the previous record of 23.9C in Brighton set on August 3, 1990, the Daily Mail reports.

Temperatures had already hit 35C by 10:30am on Tuesday in Cambridge and London, with the overnight minimum in the capital on Monday night falling to just 25.8C at Kenley in Croydon, South London.

Forecasters predicted an absolute high of 43C in central or eastern England this week, with Wales recording its hottest day ever on Monday - 37.1C in Hawarden, Flintshire.

The mercury peaked in the UK at 38.1C in Suffolk on Monday, making it the hottest day of 2022 and the third hottest day on record.

Authorities have put the UK, which often struggles to maintain key transport services when hit by unexpected weather such as heavy snow or high winds, in a state of "national emergency" over the unprecedented temperatures. Train routes from London up the east and west coast of the country have been cancelled, electricity companies reported mass outages and normally busy city centres appeared quiet.