Brits warned to take care in heatwave as temperatures predicted to reach 31C
Brits have been warned to take care in the soaring heat set to roast the nation this weekend.
Public Health England (PHE) has issued a heat-health alert, urging the public to keep cool and offer support to neighbours and loved ones who could struggle in the warm weather.
Temperatures in England are expected to hit highs of 31C (87.8F) on Sunday and Monday, which will be beach weather for some but dangerous for others, MEN reports.
After a fairly wet and miserable start to July for most, the weekend ahead will allow Brits to do the things they do best, like guzzling pints in pub gardens and getting mates round for a barbecue feast.
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.
“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.
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“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.”
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.”
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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.
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”.
PHE suggested the public should look out for those who may struggle to keep cool and hydrated, such as older people, those with underlying health conditions and those who live alone.
Ways to stay safe in the heat including keeping homes cool, closing curtains, drinking plenty of fluids and staying out of the sun between 11am and 3pm when UV rays are strongest.
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