The Met Office have issued a level three amber heatwave warning in England as temperatures are set to rise to potentially dangerous levels.
Currently, there is a 90 per cent probability of heatwave conditions between 9am on Monday 23 and 9am on Friday 27 July in parts of England. Temperatures are expected to reach up to 30C, particularly in southern areas.
This week’s forecast
On Monday (23 July), hot and humid air will lie over the east and southeast of the country, with cloud and outbreaks of rain across northern England.
This is expected to gradually break up and turn to showers in the north, with some of these being heavy and thundery.
Long spells of sunshine are expected to develop, with temperatures generally ranging from very warm to hot and humid in the west and east Midlands, and very hot in east and southeastern areas.
Away from northern England, dry and sunny weather is expected to dominate throughout the week, but this will be interspersed with heavy showers in afternoon and evening periods.
Temperatures will be very warm or hot, and very hot in the east. Safety thresholds could be breached in places from Monday onwards, with very warm and muggy overnight conditions.
Yorkshire and southwest England will also see temperatures rise through the week, but due to cloud and outbreaks of rain affecting the north and west, there is a lower risk of thresholds being reached.
Keeping everyone safe
Heatwave weather warnings are designed to help both healthcare professionals and the general public manage through periods of extreme temperature.
The Met Office forecasts both day-time and night-time maximum temperatures, which are monitored regionally.
This health warning has been issued and sent to relevant health professionals and people working in social care, due to certain heat thresholds having being passed.
Advice on how to keep safe in the heatwave includes:
- Staying out of the sun
- Keeping your home as cool as possible. Shading windows and shutting them during the day may help
- Opening windows when it is cooler at night
- Making sure to keep drinking fluids
- If there’s anybody you know, for example an older person living on their own, who might be especially vulnerable, make sure they know what to do