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When will the Heatwave End?

The sizzling conditions mean a heatwave alert warning has been issued by Public Health England and also a thunderstorm yellow weather warning from the Met Office. Here's the lowdown...

The glorious weather is expected to last until the end of the month after temperatures peaked on June 28 with the mercury nudging 32C.

This beat the previous day's record for the hottest day of the year so far with the temperature in Porthmadog peaking at 31.9C.

“Heatwaves can be dangerous, especially for the very young or very old or those with chronic disease.”

June is shaping up to be Britain's hottest for over 40 years - with forecasters now warning there could be eight more heatwaves this summer.

Train tracks buckled, fires raged through scorched moorland and Brits have been struggling to sleep, with forecasters predicting the trend could continue as we are in for a sunny few weeks.


What are the Met Office heat health levels?


The heat-health watch service is run by both the Met Office and Public Health England each year.

There are four levels of responses and is based on an average threshold temperature - 30C by day and 15°C overnight for at least two consecutive days.

The levels are:

Level 1 - The minimum alert which is in place every year from June 1 until September 15. This minimum alert simply means that people should be aware of what to do if the alert level is raised.
Level 2 - Issued when there is a high chance that the threshold will be exceeded within the next few days
Level 3 - Issued when the thresholds have been exceeded
Level 4 - Issued when a prolonged hot spell becomes severe


What should I do in a heatwave?

Public Health England say you should:

  • Look out for others, especially older people, young children and babies and those with underlying health conditions
  • Close curtains on rooms that face the sun to keep indoor spaces cooler and remember it may be cooler outdoors than indoors
  • Drink plenty of water as sugary, alcoholic and caffeinated drinks can make you more dehydrated
  • Never leave anyone in a closed, parked vehicle, especially infants, young children or animals
  • Try to keep out of the sun between 11am to 3pm
  • Take care and follow local safety advice, if you are going into the water to cool down
  • Walk in the shade, apply sunscreen and wear a hat, if you have to go out in the heat
  • Avoid physical exertion in the hottest parts of the day
  • Wear light, loose fitting cotton clothes
  • Make sure you take water with you if you are travelling

 

 

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