Mercury rises as Met office issues second highest heatwave alert

The level three amber heatwave warning is one behind a national emergency and has been issued from 9am Monday to 9am Thursday, as forecasters anticipate highs of 33C (91.4).

Health staff are also compelled to make daily contact with the ill, vulnerable and elderly.

The capital may have been basking in glorious sunshine for nearly a week, but things are about to become decidedly soggier, after the Met Office issued a yellow warning for rain in London and the South East.

On Monday, the temperature reached 32°C at RAF Northolt in west London.

"Night-time temperatures will remain warm and humid for many areas making sleeping conditions hard for some".

This has prompted warnings that people should take extra care in the sun.

This woman was enjoying the heat in Newquay at the weekend.

Public Health England's Heatwave Plan for England said: "Excessive exposure to high temperatures can kill". The heat-health watch system comprises four levels of response based upon threshold maximum daytime and minimum night-time temperatures. It is the first time since 1996 that temperatures reached more than 30C for five consecutive days. These temperatures can have a significant effect on people's health if they last for at least two days and the night in between.

"However, many places will likely see little or no impacts".

Why is hot weather an issue?

Stay out of the sun.

But the weather will turn cooler and cloudier towards the weekend. Open them when it is cooler at night.

Grahame Madge, a spokesperson for the Met Office, said the hot weather was unusual.

Who provides the heat-health service?

The heat health warning across the United Kingdom has been increased to its second highest level as Derbyshire continues to bake on the hottest day of the year.

Relevant government agencies will work together in partnership to provide the best possible information and advice.

  • Leroy Wright