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.