Met Office health alert begins today as Brits set to bake in extreme heatwave

The UK's second summer heatwave is set to rock the nation with highs of 36C expected.

The level three alert triggered by the Met Office was done to warn the likes of social and healthcare services of actions needed for specific high risk groups, as the alert is one step below the level four that was reached last month.

The alert is in place from today (August 9) to Saturday (August 13) when the temperature is set to peak between the mid to late 30s.

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The Met Office alert states: "High pressure dominating this week, with fine and dry conditions across most of the country, prolonged sunny spells and light to moderate breezes.

"Temperatures rising from warm or very warm to locally hot in most regions, with a focus of the warmest weather in central-southern England."

With the UK going through an extremely dry period, with last month being the driest month since 1935, serious precautions have been taken to guide the nation through this troubling times with the hosepipe ban being placed on four regions.

Met Office deputy chief meteorologist Tony Wardle said the dryness in the UK will continue with the southeast to be hit the hardest.

He said: “With high pressure dominant this week, the influence of any showers will be contained to the far northwest, and even here will be short-lived in nature.

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“Further south, which has seen little rain for some time now, dryness will continue through the week and provide no relief for parched land, especially in the southeast.

“Some change to more unsettled conditions is then signalled but, as is often the case during the summer, details a week or more in advance of showers and rain are highly uncertain.”

While there is little indication on when the August summer heatwave will come to an end, Wardle added that: "Heatwave criteria look likely to be met for large areas of the UK later this week, with the hottest areas expected in central and southern England and Wales on Friday and Saturday.

"Temperatures could peak at 35C, or even an isolated 36C on Saturday.


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