Met Office issues heatwave health alert as baking temperatures could be dangerous to the young and elderly

The Met Office issued a level 2 heatwave alert which means that there was an 80% chance of heatwave conditions between Tuesday morning and Thursday evening in parts of England.

Dry and sunny weather will lead to temperatures gradually trending upwards during the coming week with around 30C possible in most areas.

When temperatures exceed near 30C, children, the elderly and vulnerable people are advised not to take part in vigorous exercise and are encouraged to stay in the shade as much as possible, according to public health England’s heatwave plan.

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A level two heatwave is triggered when there’s an 80% chance of ‘threshold temperatures’ being reached for two consecutive days.

The scorching weather is thanks to high pressure sitting above the country, allowing warmer air from Europe to send temperatures rocketing.

Monday was confirmed as the hottest day of the year so far in the UK as 30.1C was recorded in London.

And theres more to come as Tuesday and Wednesday will see the hottest of the weather when some areas could see the mercury reach well above 30C.

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Chief Meteorologist, Frank Saunders said, “As warmer air from the continent moves towards the UK from Wednesday, temperatures will climb into the mid to high 20s quite widely, even in parts of Scotland and Northern Ireland.

“By this stage, some places in England and Wales will very likely top 30 Celsius – it’s not unlikely somewhere could reach 32 Celsius.

“With almost wall-to-wall sunshine we’ll certainly be looking at conditions which many of us would call a heatwave.”

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