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Heat alert issued ahead of scorching 32C weekend heatwave

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Original article from Kent Live

A heat-health alert has been issued as temperatures are set to soar as high as 32C in Kent.

Public Health England issued the warning on July 15 ahead of the weekend, which is likely to be the hottest of the year so far for most of the UK.

The heat alert urges the public to look out for older people, those with underlying health conditions and young children.

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The scorching temperatures also triggered a Met Office level 2 heat alert, which is in place from today through to Tuesday.

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The yellow alert, which covers most of England, encourages people to be “alert and ready” – however experts say advice on managinging the heat is “common sense.”

Dr Owen Landeg, Scientific and Technical Lead at PHE, said: "Much of the advice on beating the heat is common sense and for many people spells of warmer weather are something they very much enjoy.

"However, for some people, such as older people, those with underlying health conditions and young children, the summer heat can bring real health risks. That’s why we’re urging everyone to keep an eye on those you know who may be at risk.

"If you’re able, ask if your friends, family or neighbours need any support. Also take water with you when travelling and keep up to date with weather forecasts.

"It’s also worth remembering the practical steps to keep homes cool during the day as this can aid sleeping at night and give the body time to recover from the heat."

Increasingly hot weather is expected throughout the weekend, however temperatures are predicted to slowly reduce as we enter next week.

The yellow level 2 alert covers most of England

After a fleeting return of the summer weather, forecasters predict the return of unsettled conditions towards the end of the week.

The fresher conditions are expected to curtail heatwave levels, with heavy and thundery showers forecast for the end of the month.

However into early August, warmer and drier-than-average conditions look likely to return for much of the UK.

What is a yellow level 2 alert?

The Met Office said: “A yellow alert is triggered as soon as the risk is 60 per cent or above for threshold temperatures being reached in one or more regions on at least two consecutive days and the intervening night.

“This is an important stage for social and healthcare services who will be working to ensure readiness and swift action to reduce harm from a potential heatwave.”

It is two steps away from the highest alert which is a national emergency. Level 4 is reached when a heatwave is so severe and/or prolonged that its effects extend outside the health and social care system.

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