Six heat-health warnings have been issued throughout England for the weekend.
The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) and the Met Office have issued a yellow heat-health alert to six regions in England: London, the southeast, East Midlands, West Midlands, east of England, and Yorkshire and the Humber.
The alert will be in place from midday on Friday until 9 am on Sunday, with the Met Office forecasting temperatures of 27°C to 28°C on Friday before they rise to 30°C in parts of the country on Saturday.
Forecasters predict the high temperatures to be short-lived, with thunderstorms following the heatwave. However, if the high temperatures are reached, it is likely that there will be an impact on the health and social care sector.
A yellow warning from the UKHSA means that an increase in the use of healthcare services by vulnerable individuals and an increased health risk for those over 65 or with pre-existing health conditions is likely.
Dr. Agostinho Sousa, head of extreme events and health protection at UKHSA, said, “This weekend, it’s important that everyone takes sensible precautions while enjoying the sun.”
“The forecasted high temperatures are expected to be short-lived but could primarily impact those over the age of 65 or those with pre-existing health conditions.”
“If you have friends, family, or neighbors who are more vulnerable, it is important to check in on them and ensure they are aware of the forecasts and are following the necessary advice.”
Met Office deputy chief meteorologist Dan Harris said, “Temperatures will be on the rise from Friday, with a plume of continental air allowing temperatures to reach, and perhaps locally exceed, 30°C in parts of England on Friday and Saturday.”
“In addition, temperatures overnight will remain high, especially in towns and cities, which will make for an uncomfortably warm night for some.”
“Temperatures are likely to start to drop from the west on Saturday and more widely into Sunday, as showers and thunderstorms sweep northeast across the country.”