BRITS have been basking in hotter-than average temperatures over the past week.
But when will the heatwave end? Below is everything you’ll need to know…
Brits have been basking in a heatwave over the past weekCredit: BNPS
When will the heatwave end?
The Met Office’s amber extreme heat warning is set to last until Friday, with the mercury expected to climb as high as 33C in parts of the country.
During the heatwave, temperatures reached sizzling highs with temperatures on Monday hitting 31C in London.
Some places even recorded conditions hotter than 29C Nouakchott, Mauritania, on the edge of the Sahara Desert.
Roads melt ‘like chocolate’ and train lines buckle in extreme heat as Brits face another 30C
Bookies have slashed the odds on UK temperatures reaching a whopping 35C this week.
As the heatwave continues, Ladbrokes has cut the odds to just 3/1 that the thermometer hits 35C anywhere in the UK before the end of the week.
Jessica O’Reilly of Ladbrokes said: “Freedom Day coupled with the heatwave is sure to see plenty of workers pulling sickies this week, and it wouldn’t be a huge surprise to see temperatures surpass 35C.”
Public Health England has renewed warnings about the heat, urging people to keep hydrated, find shade and take protection against the sun.
Recent high temperatures have made roads “melt like chocolate” with councils around the country carrying out emergency repairs to surfaces damaged in the heat.
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Both England and Wales recorded the hottest day of the year on Sunday, beating records set on Saturday.
And forecasters predict it could be even warmer throughout the week, with temperatures in the low 30s.
The highest temperature of the day was recorded at Heathrow, which rocketed to 31.6C.
That beat 30.3C which was recorded in Coton In The Elms, Derbyshire, on Saturday, surpassing the 29.7C recorded in south-west London on June 14.
It was also the hottest day of the year so far in Wales, Cardiff, spiking to 30.2C, beating Saturday’s temperature of 29.6C in Usk, Monmouthshire, Wales.
Scotland and Northern Ireland did not beat records on Sunday, recording highs of 26.1C in Threave, Scotland, and 25.5C in Thomastown, NI.
The UK was even warmer than the Bahamas and Tenerife.
What are the Met Office heat health levels?
The heat-health watch service is run by both the Met Office and Public Health England each year.
There are four levels of responses and is based on an average threshold temperature – 30C by day and 15°C overnight for at least two consecutive days.
The levels are:
- Level 1 – The minimum alert which is in place every year from June 1 until September 15. This minimum alert simply means that people should be aware of what to do if the alert level is raised.
- Level 2 – Issued when there is a high chance that the threshold will be exceeded within the next few days
- Level 3 – Issued when the thresholds have been exceeded
- Level 4 – Issued when a prolonged hot spell becomes severe
What should I do in a heatwave?
Public Health England says you should:
- Look out for others, especially older people, young children and babies and those with underlying health conditions
- Close curtains on rooms that face the sun to keep indoor spaces cooler and remember it may be cooler outdoors than indoors
- Drink plenty of water as sugary, alcoholic and caffeinated drinks can make you more dehydrated
- Never leave anyone in a closed, parked vehicle, especially infants, young children or animals
- Try to keep out of the sun between 11am to 3pm
- Take care and follow local safety advice, if you are going into the water to cool down
- Walk in the shade, apply sunscreen and wear a hat, if you have to go out in the heat
- Avoid physical exertion in the hottest parts of the day
- Wear light, loose fitting cotton clothes
- Make sure you take water with you if you are travelling
For more tips on beating the heat, follow these six simple tricks to help you cool down in the sun.