Health warnings issued as September heats up
Health warnings have been issued following forecasts of hot weather for the coming days and nights in the United Kingdom.
Temperatures in the upper 20Cs have been forecast in England until Friday (16Sep16), with London potentially reaching 31C (88F) on Tuesday, the Met Office reports.
The East of England, the South East, and the East Midlands are also expected to have some of the hottest weather in the country, with all be put on heatwave Level 2 status from this evening.
Accordingly, Public Health England (PHE) and NHS England have both urged caution, saying the weather can pose a risk to health.
Dr Thomas Waite, of the Extreme Events team at PHE, said because the heat is going to arrive very soon, it is wise to consider ways of keeping cool, particularly at night.
For some people, such as older people, those with underlying health conditions and those with young children, summer heat can bring real health risks.
“To keep homes and sleeping areas cool at night remember to close curtains on windows that face the sun during the day, once the sun is off windows open them up to get a breeze and think about turning off electrical devices all over the home as they can generate unwanted heat too,” he said in a statement.
The last time temperatures were above 30C (86F) in September in London was in 2006 in Kew Gardens, which hit 30.5C (87F) on 11 September.
If temperatures rise above 31.6C (88.9F), which was reached at Gatwick on 2 September 1961, then it will be the hottest day for 55 years.
Paul Gunderson, Chief Meteorologist at the Met Office, said people should be prepared for some very warm days.
“The heat is expected to be more widespread both during the day and overnight on Wednesday, although peak temperatures probably not quite as high as on Tuesday,” he explained.