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Met Office issue first ever red weather warning for heat

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The Met Office have issued the first ever red weather warning for exceptional heat.

With temperatures of 40°C having been forecast in the UK the Met Office has issued the first ever Red warning for warm weather.

Exceptional heat is expected to affect a large part of the UK early next week, with temperatures likely in the high 30s in some places and perhaps even reaching 40°C.

The Red Extreme heat national severe weather warning will cover Monday July 18, and Tuesday July 19  for parts of central, northern, eastern and southeastern England with Northern Ireland set to see temperatures into the 30s.

From Tuesday, temperatures are set to return to normal for this time of the year.

Hints and tips to managing the heat: 

  • Look out for those who may struggle to keep themselves cool and hydrated. Older people, those with underlying conditions and those who live alone are particularly at risk.
  • If you live alone, ask a relative or friend to phone to check that you are not having difficulties during periods of extreme heat.
  • Stay cool indoors: Close curtains on rooms that face the sun to keep indoor spaces cooler and remember it may be cooler outdoors than indoors.
  • If going outdoors, use cool spaces considerately.
  • Drink plenty of fluids and avoid excess alcohol.
  • Never leave anyone in a closed, parked vehicle, especially infants, young children or animals.
  • Try to keep out of the sun between 11am to 3pm, when the UV rays are strongest.
  • Walk in the shade, apply sunscreen and wear a wide-brimmed hat, if you have to go out in the heat.
  • Avoid physical exertion in the hottest parts of the day.
  • Make sure you take water with you, if you are travelling.
    Check the latest weather forecast and temperature warnings – you can find these on TV, radio, mobile app or website.
  • During warm weather going for a swim can provide much welcomed relief. If you are going into open water to cool down, take care and follow local safety advice.

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