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The Met Office has issued an Amber Extreme Heat warning with soaring temperatures expected to hit 35C over the weekend in some parts of the UK.
Covering much of the southern half of England as well as parts of eastern Wales, the warning will be in place until Sunday, with repercussions once more expected for people's health, as well as the country's infrastructure and means of transport.
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But, while the high pressure encircling the UK is forecast to result in temperatures reaching the mid-30s this weekend, conditions are not expected to be as severe as last month when a new national record of 40.3C was recorded in the Lincolnshire village of Coningsby.
Official heatwaves – where temperatures meet or exceed thresholds which are different depending on where you are in the country – are expected to be recorded, though, in parts of England again and could be witnessed too in Scotland and Northern Ireland.
Met Office chief meteorologist Andy Page said: "Persistent high pressure over the UK means temperatures have been rising day-on-day through this week and it is important people plan for the heat. Temperatures are expected to peak at 35C on Friday and possibly 36C over the weekend.
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“We will also see increasingly warm nights, with temperatures expected not to drop below the low 20s Celsius for some places in the south. Temperatures will drop early next week as the weather becomes more changeable.
"Heavy showers and thunderstorms are likely in some areas, but there is low confidence in the details at this time and it is impossible to say yet exactly where and when they will occur."
The National Fire Chiefs Council, meanwhile, have called on the public to act responsibly to avoid any more blazes breaking out up and down the country.
Chair Mark Hardingham said: "In this heat please don’t use barbecues when out in the countryside or at local parks.
"Be careful not to discard cigarettes without making sure they are fully stubbed out and don't drop litter. In these tinder dry conditions it is very easy for a fire to start and spread quickly."
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