Wednesday 24 June 2020 1:41 pm

Met Office issues England heatwave warnings after lockdown eased

The Met Office has issued a warning about heatwaves across England, with searing temperatures well above 30C expected across the UK today.

Brits have been urged to take care in the sun, as health authorities encouraged those most vulnerable – many of whom have been shielding during the coronavirus lockdown – to protect themselves amid the “exceptionally hot weather forecast this week”.

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Public Health England said that older people and those with underlying health conditions were particularly at risk from the heatwave.

The amber level three is currently in place for the west and East Midlands, requiring healthcare services to take action to help high-risk groups.

However, people across the UK have been advised to keep cool and hydrated, with temperatures in the south of England set to enter the low-30s over the coming days amid the heatwave.

Warnings have also been issued about UV levels amid a UK-wide heatwave. Experts said they will be “exceptionally high” over the next few days.

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It comes after the government reduced coronavirus social distancing rules from two metres to “one metre-plus” yesterday. That means people should specifically avoid face to face contact keep at least one metre away from one another.

People are still expected to flood into parks and open spaces across the England as long as the heatwave lasts, however.

No more than two households are allowed to meet at one another’s houses at any one time under new lockdown rules.

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