Met Office heat warning: First ever extreme heat alert issued for swathes of UK – forecast

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The Met Office has now issued an extreme heat warning for the first time in history. The forecaster often issues extreme weather warnings often related to wind, rain, snow, thunderstorms and other severe weather systems – however, for the very first time the Met Office implemented a severe weather warning for the heat. 

The Met Office warning will address sweltering temperatures across Britain.

The warning is expected to be in place until the end of Thursday.

The heat warning is due to be in place across South Wales, West Midlands, southwest England and further east into Hampshire.

The Isle of Wight is also expected to be impacted.

The warning advises of high temperatures both by day and night will continue this week leading to public health impacts.

The warning reads: “The current hot weather is expected to continue until later this week.

“High temperatures are expected both by day and by night, peaking Thursday before temperatures fall on Friday.”

The extreme heat warning is in force from 4.05pm on Monday, July 19, until 11.59pm on Thursday, July 22.

Specifically, the affected regions and local authorities will include East Sussex, Greater London, Kent, Surrey and West Sussex.

The forecaster has also issued a thunderstorm warning across parts of southeast England for Monday afternoon and early evening.

The warning is in place from 4.07pm until 7pm on Monday and advises of a line of thunderstorms expected over the affected region which will persist for the next few hours.

There is a chance of up to two inches (50mm) with wider spells of rainfall up to 1.2 inches (30mm) expected in the impacted areas.

Some hail and locally strong gusts of wind are possible too, with the thunderstorms expected to die out this evening.

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The Met Office weather forecast for the coming days advises of hot and sunny conditions, with cooler and cloudier weather impacting far northern regions.

Monday’s forecast reads: “Low cloud and some drizzle will affect coasts across northern UK, but breaking inland to give sunny spells.

“Further south, plenty of sunshine again and becoming hot inland, possibly triggering the odd shower later.

“Fine, dry and warm for many areas, although low cloud again affecting some northern parts, whilst a few mist patches form elsewhere under clear skies.”

On Tuesday the sunny and hot weather is due to continue with higher temperatures extending further north into Northern Ireland and southern Scotland. 

Conditions will be much cloudier in the far north with a risk of thunderstorms in the south later in the day.

From Wednesday until Friday, conditions will be fine and dry for most, with a risk of the odd isolated afternoon shower.

Conditions will be very warm and hot locally with northeast coasts cooler.

More widespread showers are expected to reach the southwest on Friday. 

The Met Office warning follows the Public Health England heat-health alert issued by PHE last week.

This alert advised of very warm weather from Saturday night until Tuesday morning.

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.”

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