A HEAT health warning was issued for much of England this weekend.
Temperatures are expected to reach 28C in some areas tomorrow and rise to 30C on Saturday.
The Met Office and the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) warn health and social services could face significant strains from the warm weather.
Those most at risk are those over the age of 65 or those with pre-existing conditions such as respiratory and heart problems.
Interiors could also get “very warm”.
The yellow warning applies to London, the South East, the East Midlands, the West Midlands, the East of England, Yorkshire and the Humber.
It comes into effect on July 7 at 12 p.m. and ends on July 9 at 9 a.m.
dr Agostinho Sousa, UKHSA’s head of extreme events and public health, said: “This weekend it’s important that everyone takes sensible precautions while enjoying the sun.”
“The projected high temperatures are expected to be short-lived, but could primarily affect people over the age of 65 or those with pre-existing medical conditions.”
“If you have friends, family or neighbors who are more at risk, it’s important to check in with them and make sure they are aware of the projections and are following the necessary advice.”
Met Office Deputy Chief Meteorologist Dan Harris added: “Temperatures will rise from Friday, with a cloud of continental air ensuring temperatures in parts of England will reach 30C on Friday and Saturday and may exceed 30C locally.”
“Also, overnight temperatures will remain high, especially in the cities, which will make for an uncomfortably warm night for some.”
“Temperatures are likely to drop from the west on Saturday and will continue to fall into Sunday as rain showers and thunderstorms sweep across the country to the northeast.”
Amber alerts are issued during hot or cold spells that are “likely to affect most people, but may affect those who are most vulnerable”.
How to stay safe in hot weather
- Check with family, friends, and neighbors who may be at higher risk of being unwell, and ask them to do the same for you if you are at higher risk
- Know the symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke and what to do if you or someone else is affected
- Stay out of the sun during the hottest part of the day, between 11am and 3pm
- If you plan to do any physical activity (like exercising or walking the dog), schedule it at times of the day when it’s cooler, such as morning or evening
- Keep your home cool by closing windows and curtains in rooms that face the sun
- When going outside, cover yourself with appropriate clothing such as a suitable hat and sunglasses, seek shade, and apply sunscreen regularly
- Drink plenty of fluids and limit your alcohol consumption