The Met Office is due to issue its first extreme heat warning today as the UK experiences stifling conditions in parts of the country.
It should be in place for South Wales, West Midlands, South West England and further east in Hampshire to the Isle of Wight.
The new level of weather warning is expected to be in place until the end of Thursday, when the heat is expected to subside.
Extreme heat warnings were introduced on June 1 in the National Severe Weather Warning Service (NSWWS), part of the Met Office, which warns of the impacts of severe weather events.
The warnings were issued after consultations with Public Health England and other UK health agencies, as well as other affected groups, and are designed to highlight the downsides of heat waves on things like health , infrastructure and other services.
It comes as parts of the UK have seen soaring temperatures during the weekend.
The four home countries recorded their hottest day of the year so far over the weekend – and Northern Ireland experienced its hottest day on record, as temperatures soared 31.2 ° C in Ballywatticock, County Down, at 3:40 p.m. Saturday.
The previous highest temperature was 30.8 ° C, reached on July 12, 1983 and June 30, 1976.
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This notice was published: 2021-07-19 14:27:00