Public Health England (PHE)  has today issued a ‘Hot-Weather’ warning as a predicted heatwave reaches the UK this weekend.

Hot weather - Scotland
Hot weather – Scotland

The Met Office is warning the public that it will feel ‘very warm’ this weekend, with ‘pockets of very high temperatures’ across London, Southeast England and the Southwest. The heatwave is expected to last until the middle of next week.

Met Office Chief Meteorologist, Dan Suri, said: “It’s going to turn very hot for parts of England with temperatures widely reaching above 30 Celsius on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Met Office heatwave criteria will be reached over East Anglia and southeast England.

“Friday is likely to be the hottest day with temperatures of 36 to 37 Celsius in parts of east and southeast England. Temperatures could reach similar levels on Saturday.

“Along with hot weather by day, it will stay warm and humid overnight with temperatures remaining in the high teens and low 20s Celsius.”

PHE have issued the following advice for people to follow.

  • drink plenty of fluids and avoid excess alcohol. Everyone is at risk of dehydration in hot temperatures, but babies, children and older people are particularly vulnerable
  • stay cool indoors: open windows when the air feels cooler outside than inside; shade or cover windows exposed to direct sunlight; move to a cooler part of the house, especially for sleeping
  • slow down when it’s hot: exertion heats up our bodies so plan any strenuous activities (such as exercise and gardening) outside the hottest time of the day, typically 11 am to 3 pm
  • cool your skin with water. You could use a cool wet sponge or flannel, cool water spray, cold packs around the neck and armpits, or a cool, wet sheet
  • stay connected and up to date with the weather forecast. Knowing the forecast can help you plan ahead and adapt what you’re doing
  • dress appropriately for the weather – wear a hat, and light, loose cotton clothes
  • protect yourself against the sun’s radiation by applying sunscreen and monitoring the real-time UV index
  • eat salads and fruit – the perfect summer foods as they contain more water so can help keep you hydrated

For more information on the common signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heatstroke, visit NHS.UK.
Enjoy the hot weather responsibly!

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