Amber health warnings issued, 35°C on the way

Amber health warnings issued, 35°C on the way

Amber health warnings issued, 35°C on the way

After weeks without rain there is a chance of flooding on Friday, with as much as 30mm expected to fall in just an hour.

Met Office meteorologist Alex Burkill said temperatures are likely to remain in the low 30s throughout Tuesday.

Monday was the hottest day of 2018 so far, with the Met Office recording 33.3C in Santon Downham in Suffolk, and temperatures overnight breaking 24C in some areas.

Forecasters are advising people to stay out of the sun and keep homes as cool as possible.

Warm temperatures are expected to continue well into August, with Lancashire set to see sunny, dry and warm days throughout the summer holidays.

Nurses have warned that some hospital wards have reached more than 30C (86F), leading to patients and relatives passing out or vomiting.

"Things are looking very settled until we get through to the weekend, with dry, hot weather continuing through until Friday night", he said.

Meanwhile sun worshippers in the United Kingdom have sizzled in the hottest temperature of the year so far, with a scorching 33.3C recorded in England yesterday.

The hottest July day on record is 36.7C (98F), which was reached at Heathrow on July 1 2015.

"Will we beat the United Kingdom record temperature of 38.5C (101.3F) recorded at Faversham in Kent on 3 August 2003?"

They added that reservoirs for watering vegetables were running dry and livestock owners were having to use winter feed for their animals as summer grass had withered away.

The heatwave baking Britain comes as extreme hot weather grips northern Europe.

A level four national emergency heatwave alert is issued by the Met Office when a heatwave is so severe and/or prolonged that its effects extend outside the health and social care system.

Although there is no official definition of a "heatwave" in the United Kingdom, the term can be used to describe an extended period of hot weather relative to the expected conditions of the area at that time of year.

The longest run with no rain at all this summer is 48 days at Brooms Barn, near Bury St Edmunds.

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