Amber alert marks longest heatwave in June

HEATWAVE Temperatures are expected to keep climbing

It is the first time since 1996 that temperatures reached more than 30C for five consecutive days.

Chief Meteorologist Dan Suri said "High pressure is dominating our weather bringing warm, humid air from the tropical Atlantic resulting in these high temperatures and sunny conditions over the coming days".

Tomorrow has been dubbed as "Meltdown Monday" where parts of the United Kingdom will be hotter than the Bahamas as a week long Spanish roast nudges record 35c highs.

The capital may have been basking in glorious sunshine for nearly a week, but things are about to become decidedly soggier, after the Met Office issued a yellow warning for rain in London and the South East.

Monday was the hottest day of the year so far, with the temperature reaching 32.5C at Hampton Water Works in the South East.

Factors like humidity or how hot it feels at night can also be taken into account.

Why is hot weather an issue?

Dr Angie Bone, Head of PHE's Extreme Events team, said: "Spells of hot weather like this are enjoyed by many of us, but they can make a very real impact on some people's health".

We're being told while we're experiencing temperatures like this, we need to keep as cool as we can and keep an eye on older, younger and vulnerable people. Open them when it is cooler at night.

Advice on how to reduce the risk either for yourself or somebody you know can be obtained from NHS Choices at www.nhs.uk/summerhealth, NHS 111 or from your local chemist.

Hot weather, especially when prolonged, with warm nights, can have effects on people's health and on certain infrastructure.

Who provides the heat-health service?

The "killer" heatwave has seen a level 3 amber Government heat health warning - just one tier below a level 4 "national emergency" - issued, with officials warning sunseekers to stay inside between 11am and 3pm next week.

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