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Week-long heatwave set for UK

29th June 2009

England and Wales have been given a heatwave warning by the Met Office, who have said temperatures could reach 32C this week.

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Areas of the country which will be particularly affected include the eastern and south-eastern parts of England, and the capital.

The Department of Health have said people should keep an eye of older neighbours and relatives who may find the temperatures difficult.

Health service staff have been warned to expect an increase in the number of patients suffering from the effects of the heatwave.

The government's heatwave plan would involve hospitals preparing "cool rooms" and giving out cold drinks to patients.

Heatwave warnings usually start when the temperature rises above a certain level. The average for the UK is 30C during the day and 15C in the evening.

The Met Office has said there is a 70% chance that certain areas of England and Wales would experience these kind of temperatures this week.

The Department of Health said people should try to keep their houses cool and check on older people.

"Windows should be kept shaded and closed when the temperature is hotter outside than inside. People with respiratory problems should stay inside during the hottest part of the day," a spokesman advised.

Help the Aged and Age Concern spokesman said: "Older people, especially those on medication, can often find coping with the heat particularly difficult." 

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