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Heat-health alert issued as temperatures soar

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The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) has issued a heat-health alert as the Met Office forecasts high temperatures for the coming days.

This alert follows the Level 2 alert issued on Tuesday and confirms that the Met Office’s threshold temperatures for an alert will be reached in 3 regions from Friday. A Level 2 alert remains in place for the East Midlands and South West.

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‘High temperatures are expected in some parts of the Midlands and the south on Friday. We want everyone to enjoy the hot weather safely when it arrives and be aware of good health advice for coping with warmer conditions,’ said Dr Agostinho Sousa, Head of Extreme Events and Health Protection at UKHSA.

‘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.’

Temperatures in these regions are expected to rise throughout the week and peak on Friday 17 June, with the alerts remaining in place until midnight on Saturday 18 June.

‘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 30°C or even reach 34°C in some places,’ said Dan Rudman, Deputy Chief Meteorologist at the Met Office.

‘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 20s for some overnight.’

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