UK 34C heatwave on way as Met Office issues heat health alert

The UK is braced for a heatwave as 34C heat is expected to hit the UK –making it hotter than Portugal and Hawaii. The UK will bask in mercury levels warmer than the Canary Islands and Cyprus, as well as Costa Rica.

A Level 2 Heat Health Alert has been issued for the much of southern and central England, with a Level 1 Alert in place for northern England. In an alert posted on their website, the Met Office said: “There is high confidence for temperatures to rise significantly through the second half of this week, becoming widely warm or very warm across England and likely hot, or perhaps even very hot in central and southern areas for a time.

A cold front will move slowly southeastwards across the country overnight Friday into Saturday. This is likely to bring rain or thundery showers, with an eventual return to drier, but fresher conditions. “

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Agostinho Sousa, Head of Extreme Events and Health Protection at the UK Health Security Agency, said: “Temperatures are forecast to reach 30C in some parts of the south on Friday and we want everyone to enjoy the hot weather safely when it arrives and be aware of good health advice for coping with warmer conditions.

“During periods of hot weather it is especially important to keep checking on those who are most vulnerable, such as older people and those with heart or lung conditions. Make sure to look out for signs of heat exhaustion and follow our simple health advice to beat the heat. ”

Met Office Deputy Chief Meteorologist, Dan Rudman, said; “Temperatures will continue to rise as we go through the week, becoming well above-average by Friday when many parts of the southern half of the UK are likely to exceed 30C and may even reach 34C in some places. ”

“This is the first spell of hot weather this year and it is unusual for temperature to exceed these values ​​in June. Many areas will also see some warm nights with minimum temperatures expected to be in the high teens or even low 20Cs for some overnight. ”He added:“ The heat is a result of a mix of home-grown warming in the day due to high pressure, as well as a southerly airflow introducing some of the warm air from the continent to UK shores. ”

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