United Kingdom heatwave 2017 latest as weather warnings issued for Britain

Evrard Martin
Juin 19, 2017

However, while Brits may be basking in some much needed sunshine, Public Health England (PHE) has issued a heat health warning.

"Sunday and Monday will see repeat performances of Saturday, with a lot of England and Wales seeing dry, sunny, warm, humid weather with high UV, high pollen".

Lasting until Wednesday, the notice orders community groups to "activate community emergency plans", and warns hospitals to be on guard.

The amber alert - tagged Heatwave Action is triggered when thresthold temperatures are reached for one day and one night, and the forecast for the next day is that teh same temperatures will be met.

Saturday was the hottest day of the year so far, with the mercury peaking at 30.2C in Teddington, south-west London, the Met Office said.

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

Forecaster Charles Powell today would be the same.

Although there is no official definition of a "heatwave" in the United Kingdom, the term can be used to describe an extended period of hot weather relative to the expected conditions of the area at that time of year.

The Met Office added: "By Wednesday thundery showers are likely to break out across central and northern parts and while it will still be very warm, temperatures may fall a little short of trigger criteria". Maximum temperature 31 °C.

The spokesman said: "Stay out of the sun".

"That's why we're urging everyone to keep an eye on those you know who may be at risk this summer". This minimum alert simply means that people should be aware of what to do if the alert level is raised.

A 10-day scorcher in 2003 resulted in 2,000 heat-related deaths and another hot spell in 2006 killed 680.

Hot weather, especially when prolonged, with warm nights, can have effects on people's health and on certain infrastructure.

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