Met Office issues level 2 heatwave warning

Level 2 warning is valid from 8am on Friday 18 July to 8am Sunday 20 July.

The Met Office has today forecast potential heatwave conditions for parts of the South East, London, the East of England, the East Midlands and West Midlands for later this week, as it declared a Level 2 Heat-health alert.

This warning is triggered when the Met Office forecasts that there is a 60% or higher chance of temperatures being high enough on at least two consecutive days and the intervening night to have a significant effect on health.

While many people enjoy hot weather, high temperatures can be dangerous, especially for people who may be particularly vulnerable such as older people, young children and those with serious illnesses.

NHS England jointly produces the Heatwave Plan for England 2014 with Public Health England.

Top advice for being sun safe:

  • Try to keep out of the sun between 11am to 3pm.
  • Apply sunscreen of at least SPF15 with UVA protection.
  • Wear UV sunglasses, preferably wraparound, to reduce UV exposure to the eyes.
  • Wear light, loose-fitting cotton clothes, a hat and light scarf.
  • Drink lots of cool drinks.
  • Look out for others especially vulnerable groups such as older people, young children and babies and those with serious illnesses.
  • Never leave anyone in a closed, parked vehicle, especially infants, young children or animals.