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Heatwave alert for east and south England

9th July 2010

Soaring temperatures in parts of the UK have seen the first weather health alert issued of the summer.

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With temperatures set to hit 31C in parts of East Anglia and south-east England, advice has been issued on how to keep cool and healthy during the heat.

The Met Office said the main risk to health would come from stifling night-time temperatures of at least 20C in some places.

Head of health forecasting Wayne Elliott said: “It is the night-time values which are of real concern. High humidity and the lack of any breeze could make matters worse for people with underlying health problems.”

The current Met Office health warning is at level two out of four with the elderly, babies and young children deemed most at risk.

NHS advice on keeping cool suggest wearing loose cotton clothing, splashing cold water on faces and staying in the cooler rooms of the home.

Temperatures were likely to be more bearable in north-west England, west Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, reaching the high teens and low 20s centigrade over the weekend.

The highest temperature of the year so far was 30.9C (87.6F) at Gravesend in Kent on 27 June.

Pet charities have also warned about keeping animals cool in the current heat wave.

Meanwhile, a hosepipe ban has been introduced in parts of Cumbria, Greater Manchester, Lancashire and Merseyside with the water company, United Utilities, saying that the region had had the driest start to a year since records began in 1929.

 

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