UK weather: Hot weather alert in place today with 30C sunshine forecast before thunderstorm warning | The Sun

A HOT weather alert is in place today – with the Met Office forecasting 30C ahead of a thunderstorm warning.

UKHSA public health bosses have issued amber warnings for the Midlands, eastern England, and the south-east and south-west.

The UKHSA also rolled out yellow alerts for the north-east and north-west, Yorkshire and the Humber yesterday.

London will also remain under a yellow alert issued earlier this week.

All the UKHSA alerts are in place from 9am on Friday 9 June, to 9am on Monday 12 June.

Amber alerts indicate rising temperatures likely to impact the wider population – not just the most vulnerable.

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UKHSA expert Agostinho Sousa said: "It’s important that everyone ensures they keep hydrated and cool while enjoying the sun.

"Forecasted temperatures this week will primarily impact those over the age of 65 or those with pre-existing health conditions such as respiratory and cardiovascular diseases.

"If you have friends, family or neighbours who you know are more vulnerable to the effects of hot weather, it's important you check in on them and ensure they are aware of the forecasts and following the necessary advice."

The areas where amber warnings are now in place were previously under yellow alerts – but the UKHSA raised the level due to "a high likelihood that forecasted temperatures will be reached rapidly".

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But the hot weather is set to be followed by thunderstorms on Saturday – with the Met Office issuing a yellow storm warning covering London, the Midlands and Wales.

The thunderstorm warning will be in place from 2pm tomorrow until 9pm.

A Met Office forecaster said: "Whilst many places will be largely dry, thunderstorms with heavy rain and hail are likely to develop in some places on Saturday afternoon.

"There is a small chance that homes and businesses could be flooded quickly, with damage to some buildings from floodwater, lightning strikes, hail or strong winds.

"Spray and sudden flooding could lead to difficult driving conditions and some road closures.

"Where flooding or lightning strikes occur, there is a chance of delays and possibly even cancellations to rail services.

"There is a slight chance that power cuts could occur and other services to some homes and businesses could be temporarily lost."

Meteorologists predict that more than 60mm of rain an hour could fall in some parts of the country – with hail, gusts of wind and lightning presenting "additional hazards".

But some places in the warning area will remain dry or see only scattered showers.

How to stay safe in the heat

Here are the ways you can keep yourself and others safe during hot weather, according to the UKHSA:

  • Check on family, friends and neighbours who may be at higher risk of becoming unwell, and if you are at higher risk, ask them to do the same for you.
  • Know the symptoms of heat exhaustion and heatstroke and what to do if you or someone else has them.
  • Keep out of the sun at the hottest time of the day, between 11am and 3pm.
  • If you are going to do a physical activity (for example, exercise or walking the dog), plan to do these during times of the day when it is cooler such as the morning or evening.
  • Keep your home cool by closing windows and curtains in rooms that face the sun.
  • If you do go outside, cover up with suitable clothing such as an appropriate hat and sunglasses, seek shade and apply sunscreen regularly.
  • Drink plenty of fluids and limit your alcohol intake.

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