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The Met Office have officially declared that a heatwave is on its way to the UK and have also issued a health warning.
Many predictions over the past few days have suggested that the country is set to bask in hot weather for a sustained spell and the Met Office have now come out and said that the “heatwave criteria will be met in some areas in Southern and central England and Wales”.
The mercury will start to crank up from this weekend, with highs of 33C forecast for Tuesday, while temperatures will be widely above average this weekend and throughout next week.
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Met Office deputy chief meteorologist, David Oliver, said: “The warm weather over much of England and Wales could last for much of next week.
“In the short term, many can expect temperatures in the mid to high 20s over the weekend, and then in the low 30s during the start of next week.
“Much of next week will remain warm for the time of year, as well as dry and sunny for many areas.”
There is expected to be a slight dip in temperatures by the middle of next week, before thermometers will start to soar again by the end of next week and the following weekend.
Not only has a heatwave been confirmed, but a level three heat health alert has also been issued for next week, highlighting the potential dangers the extreme temperatures can bring.
Dr Agostinho Sousa, head of extreme events and health protection at UKHSA, said: “High temperatures are predicted for a prolonged period, so make sure to follow our simple health advice to beat the heat, such as covering windows exposed to direct sunlight and making sure that fridges, freezers and fans are working properly.
“We want everyone to enjoy the hot weather when it arrives but also to check in on their vulnerable family, friends and neighbours to make sure they are prepared.”
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With beaches expected to be packed across the UK, the RNLI have also put out a warning to those who are likely to venture into the water.
Sam Hughes, national water safety partner at the RNLI said: “It is great to hear that the sun is on its way, but we want to remind everyone to stay safe at the coast.
“If you are planning on going to the beach we would encourage you to visit a lifeguarded beach and swim between the red and yellow flags.”
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