Heatwave to hit the UK.

So the Met office have issued a heatwave alert for this week for the UK. But was does count as a Heatwave ?

Britain has experienced the hottest day of the year so far, and forecasters predict the heatwave will continue.

After a weekend of sunshine around the UK, temperatures in St James’s Park peaked at 29.4C (84.9F) on Monday, in line with sunny holiday hotspots in southern Spain. The pollen count and UV levels are also very high. The previous highest temperature recorded in the UK was 29.1C at St James’s Park on 19 April.

Under Public Health England’s heatwave plan, when temperatures exceed about 30C, children are advised not to take part in vigorous exercise and are encouraged to stay in the shade as much as possible.

Temperatures that trigger heatwave alerts vary by region, from 28C during the day and 15C at night in north-east England, to 32C in the day and 18C at night in London. The Met Office’s heat-health watch said some areas of north and west England were likely to be hotter.

So here are our top tips for staying safe during the heatwave.

  • 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.
  • 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 and 3pm.
  • If you are going into the sea or swimming pool to cool down, take care and follow local safety advice.
  • If you have to go out in the heat, walk in the shade, apply sunscreen and wear a hat.
  • Avoid physical exertion during 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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