Latest updates as Britain swelters
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Parts of the country are forecast to could reach 33C, with the heat expected to last from Tuesday until at least Thursday, with Britain on track to be hotter than top European holiday destinations including Greece and Canary Islands.
It comes after the Met Office issued its first ever “amber extreme heat warning”, which is similar to those issued when heavy rain or snow is forecast, and covers a large part of Wales, all of southwest England and parts of southern and central England.
The Met Office warned the extreme heat could have health consequences, especially for those who are particularly vulnerable, as well as bringing an increased wildfire risk.
PHE issues its own Heat Health Alert
The Extreme Heat Warning issued by the Met Office coincides with an extension to Public Health England’s Heat Health Alert through to Thursday, which signals the potentially dire impact on people’s health.
PHE urged the public to look out for those who may struggle to keep themselves cool and hydrated – with older people, those with underlying conditions and those who live alone are particularly at risk.
Dr Owen Landeg, scientific and technical lead at PHE, said: “Everybody can be affected by high temperatures and most people are aware of good health advice for coping with hot weather. However, it’s important to keep checking on those who are most vulnerable such as older people and those with heart or lung conditions.
“As we experience the first hot weather episode of the year, it’s important for everyone to remember to adapt their behaviours. This is particularly important during the pandemic with many people self-isolating.
“Most of us want to enjoy the sun. Remember to look out for signs of heat exhaustion and follow our simple health advice to beat the heat.”
Risk of isolated thundery downpours but most areas will stay dry
There is a risk of isolated thundery downpours late in the afternoons this week but most areas will stay dry, according to forecasters.
Met Office chief operational meteorologist, Steven Ramsdale, said: “The high temperatures are going to continue through a large part of this week.
“Many areas will continue to reach heatwave thresholds but the amber extreme heat warning focusses on western areas where the most unusually high temperatures are likely to persist.
“There’s a continuing risk of isolated thundery downpours late in the afternoons but most areas will stay dry until later in the week.
“Temperatures should begin to fall for most areas heading into the weekend, with some more unsettled conditions looking to develop.”
Met Office issues first extreme heat warning
First up, a recap from yesterday detailing the Met Office extreme heat warning.
The Extreme Heat Warning, which is issued in partnership with the Met Office’s public health partners across the UK, covers a large part of Wales, all of southwest England and parts of southern and central England. The amber warning will be in force until the end of Thursday.
The warning comes as the forecast continues to signal for unusually high temperatures for western areas in particular, as well as continuing high nighttime temperatures creating what the Met Office said were “potential impacts for health”.
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Good morning and welcome to The Independent’s rolling coverage of the extreme heat being felt across parts of the UK, which has triggered an amber warning from the Met Office.