Mercury rises as Met office issues second highest heatwave alert

Mercury rises as Met office issues second highest heatwave alert

Highs of 34C (93F) are forecast in west London on Wednesday, which would make it the fifth consecutive day that temperatures have topped 30C (86F) in the United Kingdom, the Met Office said.

Emergency services are on standby after the Government issued a level three amber heat alert as temperatures are set to increase.

3pm The Met Office has issued a yellow warning of rain between 3am on Wednesday and 6am on Thursday in much of England and Scotland.

"The last time that we had five days in a row in June above 30C was from June 26 to June 30 1995".

The past few days have been the hottest of the year so far and the MET Office has issued a level 3 alert for much of the United Kingdom, including the East Midlands.

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In response to the extreme hot weather, Simon Bottery, director of policy at Independent Age, the older people's charity said: "Older people can suffer adverse effects on their health during the hot weather and can be more vulnerable to heatstroke, heat exhaustion and dehydration".

Mr Stewart added: "We will probably see the highest temperature in the west London area today, which will peak at 32C (89F)".

An Ascot spokeswoman said earlier: "It's being considered. It's never happened before".

The NHS has urged the elderly, children and those with medical conditions to keep cool and hydrated during the heatwave.

The Met Office forecast for Monday for Hull and East Yorkshire says: "Another hot day with good spells of sunshine, although perhaps a little more in the way of cloud developing through the day".

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