Original article from Kent Live
An amber heat alert has been issued as Kent continues to bake in sweltering temperatures.
The Met Office issued the warning this morning (July 19) following the hottest weekend of the year so far.
The alert urges the public to look out for older people, those with underlying health conditions and young children.
The alert has been ramped up a level and extended after a level 2 alert was enforced from Saturday (July 17) through to Tuesday.
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The Met Office has now imposed a level 3 alert from midnight tonight until 9am on Thursday (July 22).
The amber alert urges "heatwave action" and requires social and healthcare services to target specific actions at high-risk groups.
However experts say advice on managing 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."
It is possible that the hot sunshine will be met by a brief period of thunder in some areas today – but most of Kent will enjoy uninterrupted hot sunshine.
That is until the end of the week, with lowered temperatures and the return of the rain expected.
Into early August, warmer and drier-than-average conditions look likely, although there is an increased risk of thunderstorms.
What is an amber level 3 alert?
The Met Office said: "An amber alert is triggered when the Met Office confirms threshold temperatures for one of more regions have been reached for one day and the following night, and the forecast for the next day has a greater than 90 per cent confidence level that the day threshold temperature will be met.
"This stage requires social and healthcare services to target specific actions at high-risk groups.
"Look out for others, especially older people, young children and babies and those with underlying health conditions.
"Close curtains on rooms that face the sun to keep indoor spaces cooler and remember it may be cooler outdoors than indoors.
"Drink plenty of fluids and avoid excess alcohol, dress appropriately for the weather and slow down when it is hot."