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Heat-health warning issued as temperatures forecast to soar to blistering 31C

A heat health warning has been issued in England as temperatures are forecast to soar to blistering highs this weekend.

A heatwave is predicted to sweep across the nation today and over the coming days, with the mercury set to peak above 30C in some regions.

Public Health England (PHE), which has issued the warning, has urged the public to take measures to keep cool and support those who may be at risk in the warm weather.

Temperatures are expected to reach highs of 31C on Sunday and Monday.

Dr Owen Landeg, scientific and technical lead at PHE, said: “Much of the advice on beating the heat is common sense and for many people spells of warmer weather are something they very much enjoy.

Health officials are warning people to take care in the sun

“However, for some people, such as older people, those with underlying health conditions and young children, the summer heat can bring real health risks.

“That’s why we’re urging everyone to keep an eye on those you know who may be at risk. If you’re able, ask if your friends, family or neighbours need any support.

“Also take water with you when travelling and keep up to date with weather forecasts.

“It’s also worth remembering the practical steps to keep homes cool during the day as this can aid sleeping at night and give the body time to recover from the heat.”

Swimmers enjoy the hot weather
The balmy weather is set to last for days

Will Lang, head of civil contingencies at the Met Office, added: “Across most parts of the UK we’re expecting to see temperatures building, reaching heatwave thresholds across the majority of England over the weekend.

“High temperatures will remain a feature of the forecast until Tuesday, when fresher conditions arrive curtailing heatwave levels.”

Alex Burkill, a meteorologist at the Met Office said the level two heat-health alert covers every part of England excluding parts of the North East, the North West and London and is due to last until Tuesday.

A woman places suncream on her friend
Most parts of England are covered by the warning zone

He said the highest temperatures will be “widespread across the bulk of the UK as we go through the end of the week and into the weekend”.

It comes after heavy rain lashed the nation in recent weeks.

Thunderstorms caused flash flooding in London and the South East this week including at multiple Underground stations causing travel chaos.

UK Weather Forecast

Today:

The far southeast of England may start cloudy, while across parts of western Scotland cloud burns back towards coasts. Many other areas sunny and very warm, just some patchy cloud around by afternoon.

Tonight:

After a sunny, warm evening, temperatures falling after dark, as it stays fine for many with long clear spells and light winds.

Saturday:

Sunny and very warm for many, hot in parts of England and Wales. A few coasts cooler and misty, while parts of the northwest cloudier; some drizzle in northwest Scotland.



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